Postdoctoral Openings

Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Experimental sSNOM Study of 2D-materials

Applications are sought for a postdoctoral scholar position in experimental sSNOM study of 2D-materials to work with Professor Slava V. Rotkin at the Materials Research Institute and the Engineering Science and Mechanics department. Successful candidates should have a minimum of three years of experience in experimental near-field microscopy and be able to independently run a research project using the newest Neaspec instrument.

Expertise in sSNOM is a primary requirement; additional expertise in the following areas is welcome (but not required): physics of polaritonic and/or novel 2D-materials (beyond graphene and TMC), advanced optical characterization and quantum optics, quantum information applications, near-field instrumentation development, and other scanning probe techniques. Strong analytical and programming skills is a plus.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in physics or another field related to sSNOM and, ideally, at least some post-graduate experience; several relevant publications in high-impact factor journals and other records demonstrating capability to conduct above-mentioned work; and dedication to academic work and motivation to develop in this area. A successful candidate is expected to perform experimental work, interact daily with graduate and undergraduate students, write papers and participate in research projects, build her/his own expertise, and prepare for the future career. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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For more information, please contact:

Slava V. Rotkin
Frontier Professor
N332 Millennium Science Complex

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Photonics, Optomechanics

Job Classification:

Postdoctoral Researcher

Job Type:



University Park, PA


Until filled

An opportunity for a postdoctoral research fellow is available in the Photonics and Quantum Technology Laboratory, led by Dr. Sahin K. Ozdemir (see the publication list and research interests) in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, for highly motivated Ph.D. scientists having intellectual curiosity and who are ready to undertake creative research for delivering innovative photonic and quantum optical solutions to complex problems.

Candidates with strong experimental background in engineering, optics and physics are sought to join leading efforts in the development and application of novel optical and quantum technologies. The successful candidate will have access to the nanofabrication and materials characterization labs at the Materials Research Institute and will contribute to projects that include micro/nano-fabrication, optomechanics, PT-symmetric photonics, quantum photonics, and nonlinear optics.


  • Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, physics, optical sciences, material science, applied physics, or other relevant disciplines.
  • Proven track record in one or more of the fields mentioned above.
  • Proven experience in hands-on photonics, optomechanics, and quantum optics experiments, and fabrication of nano- and micro-photonic devices.
  • Advanced programming and simulation skills in Matlab, LabView, and Comsol are highly desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to work independently, both under supervision and as a part of a team.


Two years. Available immediately, but start date is negotiable.

To Apply:

Interested applicants are invited to send their detailed CV and a cover letter describing their training and research experience, along with names and contact information of two referees, via email to Dr. Sahin K. Ozdemir at, with the subject line: Postdoctoral Fellowship position 2018.



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