PD position in Leiden, Allan group: Postdoctoral researcher in Physics

Project description

We, the Allan research group at Leiden University, have the overarching goal of understanding ‘quantum materials’, including unconventional superconductors, quantum-critical compounds, strange metals, and topological materials. Our group has recently published our first result (Battisti, Bastiaans et al., Nature Physics, AOP) and received new funding; we are now looking for new group members with passion, talent, and grit!

We have several open projects in our group that I am happy to discuss in detail with interested candidates. Many involve the application and/or development of novel instrumentation to understand quantum materials. We are especially active with regard to spin-sensitive and high-frequency STM. We also welcome new directions if a postdoc candidate is interested.

The successful candidate will be involved in developing new projects, measurement, data analysis, instrumental design, and supervision of students. He/she will have her/his own project (starting with the investigation of the melting Mott phase), but will be part of a team and help on other projects as well. While this position is not contingent on additional funding, excellent postdoc candidates are encouraged to take a look at additional funding opportunities (see e.g. veni fellowship or Marie Curie fellowship).

  • You are passionate, creative, and independent and have team spirit;
  • You hold a PhD degree in Physics;
  • You have experience with quantum materials, scanning probe or high-frequency measurement techniques
  • You are proficient in spoken and written English, and have good communication and writing skills.


We offer a 1 year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need and performance. Salary range from € 2,552.-to € 4,028.- gross per month (pay scale 10, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Leiden University

Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.

Leiden Institute of Physics

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic developments are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students.

We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. Our lab is part of the Leiden Institute of Physics ( The Allan research group is a dynamic group, currently consisting of three PhD students and the PI. We are located at Leiden University, the birthplace of superconductivity and home to Kamerlingh Onnes, Lorentz, Huygens, Einstein, de Sitter, and others. We exchange ideas with our neighbors from Quantum Matter & Optics as well as with the colleagues from our world-class theory section.

Additional information

Enquiries can be made to Dr. Milan Allan, email

Information about the Faculty of Science can be found at about Leiden University at

For more information about the research of dr. Allan, you can visit 

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