PhD student

Last application date
Dec 29, 2017 23:59
WE04 - Department of Solid State Sciences
Limited duration
Master degree in Physics, Engineering Physics or Chemistry, or equivalent.
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Abstract: A PhD vacancy in the emerging field of quantum dot based solid state lighting, merging thin film coating technology, optical spectroscopy and structural characterization.

This PhD vacancy is available in the Department of Solid State Sciences ( at Ghent University (, within the research groups LumiLab ( and CoCooN ( The former group works on different aspects of inorganic luminescent materials, including synthesis, optical and structural characterization and modelling. Typical applications include solid state lighting, glow-in-the-dark phosphors and pressure sensitive materials. The research of the latter group is situated within the continuing trend towards miniaturization in micro-electronics. The group focuses on all levels of thin film devices, from deposition to their different applications after extensive characterisation.

The PhD student will work towards a doctoral degree under supervision of Philippe Smet (LumiLab) and Christophe Detavernier (CoCooN) through the doctoral schools program of Ghent University. The research is part of a larger project aiming at the development of novel quantum dot (QD) technologies based on III-V elements, to improve on the one hand the colour gamut and energy efficiency of displays, and on the other hand to extend the application range of solid state light sources by tailoring the emission spectrum. The task of the PhD student is situated in applying thin film coatings and assessing their influence on the luminescence properties, performance and stability of QD systems, in order to arrive at optimized light conversion systems.

The student will be embedded in the LumiLab and CoCooN research groups, in a motivating environment to perform research. A (limited) contribution to teaching can also be part of the job content.

Profile of the candidate

  • The PhD student should have skills in condensed matter physics and/or chemistry.
  • The student should have an interest in experimental work (thin film deposition, structural and optical characterization) and the broader technological relevance of fundamental research.
  •  Ideally, the PhD student is also interested in science communication and assistance in teaching tasks.
  • Candidates should have an open attitude towards learning new research skills. The PhD position is part of a larger project, and a collaborative mind set is appreciated.
  • Language: fluency in English.

How to apply

Interested candidates can send their CV (including nationality and citizenship info, academic/education history, research experience, experimental skills and list of publications, where applicable) and motivation letter (1 or 2 pages, including research interests, skills, career plans and reasons for applying to this position) to , mentioning "PhD position QDOCCO" in the subject line.

The selection process will take into consideration the whole range of experience (judging merit). For instance, creativity, curiosity, motivation, and level of independence will be considered. Similarly, mobility experience will be considered as a valuable contribution to the professional development of the researcher.

A first selection will be made on CV. A short list of potential candidates will be contacted and interviews conducted within the following two weeks by skype.

Final decision will be taken within one week and each shortlisted candidate will be informed about the outcome. Application deadline: 29/12/2017. Interviews: between 8/1/2018 and 23/01/2018. Envisaged job starting date: between 01/03/2018 and 01/04/2018.