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Quantum Sensing - Research in the Van der Sar Lab
Research in the van der Sar Lab focuses on exploring condensed-matter physics using nanoscale magnetic-field sensing. A central role is played by the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) spin in diamond, which is an atomic-sized magnetic-field sensor that can be controlled using methods from quantum information processing. Because NV magnetometry is extremely sensitive, has a large dynamic frequency range, and is compatible with a wide range of temperatures, it provides an excellent platform for exploring condensed-matter phenomena such as magnetism and superconductivity.
This project will focus on exploring the physics of quantum materials and devices through nanoscale magnetic field sensing. You will set up a state-of-the-art scanning single-NV magnetic imaging system, and use it to study samples hosting interesting magnetic textures, magnetic excitations, and electrical current distributions. This project will combine correlated-electron physics, quantum optics, and quantum information with scanning probe microscopy, and will provide the excitement of traveling into unexplored territories of condensed-matter physics at the nanoscale.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, talented candidate with an MSc degree in physics or a related field. Experience with spin physics, optics, scanning probe microscopy, and/or cryogenics is desirable, but not required. Most importantly, the candidate should be fascinated by exploring fundamental condensed-matter physics and developing state-of-the-art measurement techniques. Fluency in English is essential.
The van der Sar Lab is part of the department of Quantum Nanoscience in the world-famous Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology. Delft is a lively university town close to larger cities as The Hague and Rotterdam (both <15 minutes by train) and Amsterdam (within about an hour by train).
How to apply
Would you like to experience the excitement of using a single spin to explore the physics of quantum materials in the lab? Please apply by sending a CV and Cover Letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. The available start date is: fall 2017
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