PhD position in Spin Properties in Doped III-V Semiconductors

PhD position in Spin Properties in Doped III-V Semiconductors

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PhD position in Spin Properties in Doped III-V Semiconductors

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Quantum technologies are a family of technologies that leverage quantum effects to provide new functionalities, which hold a promise to help solve societal challenges. Their on-going development raises practical design issues as well as fundamental physics questions: how to manipulate and measure a quantum state quickly and reliably? How to efficiently transfer that quantum information to other systems? Your PhD work will contribute to answering such questions, by studying Spin Properties in Doped III-V Semiconductors. This system indeed offers a variety of quantum spins which can be addressed directly by a Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). Moreover, III-V semiconductors are commonly used materials that are compatible with large-scale semiconductor production, which gives this project additional technological relevance.


Your PhD will be based at the TU Delft, a renowned hub for quantum nanoscience research and development. By performing Electro Spin Resonance (ESR) measurements inside an STM, you will help to start a new research project aimed at probing the spin properties of doped III-V semiconductors at the atomic scale. In recent years, ESR-STM has indeed proven its ability to measure and manipulate the spin of single atoms on insulating surfaces. Moreover, STM offers the possibility to design the spin system with atomic precision using atomic manipulation. Using these techniques on a different platform such as doped III-V semiconductors therefore opens the door to different spin systems, on which new effects can be investigated, such as spin-orbit interaction, or interaction with light.


You will join a newly established research line under the guidance of Dr. Artaud, within a specialized team of academics, PhD students, postdocs and technical support staff in a department known for its open, supportive atmosphere. In particular, you will work in close collaboration with the Otte Lab ( for lab operation and scientific discussions. As a PhD candidate, your work will consist in running the laboratory, acquiring and analysing experimental data, as well as performing numerical modelling. You will also communicate about your research by writing publications in peer-reviewed journals and attending (inter)national scientific conferences. This will provide you very good prospects for a future career either in academia or industry.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


You are passionate about pushing the boundaries of current knowledge. Driven by curiosity, you are creative, open-minded and eager to take initiative. You have the social skills to work reliably in a team and learn from your team mates. You are committed to constantly developing new scientific skills, and you have the planning skills to deal with a 4-year PhD project. You also have:

  • A MSc degree in Physics, or a closely related field.
  • Solid knowledge of Quantum Mechanics and Solid State Physics.
  • General experience with Experimental Physics.
  • Past experience in Scanning Probe Microscopy, Electron Spin Resonance, Magneto-Transport measurements, and/or coding in LabVIEW and Python is a plus.

You will participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, write scientific articles and a final thesis. Additionally, you may be involved in training and teaching BSc and MSc students. Therefore, a certain level of English proficiency is required. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Faculty Applied Sciences

With more than 1,100 employees, including 150 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,600 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we educate innovative students in broad Bachelor's and specialist Master's programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD05008


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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