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Nanoscience postdoctoral positions
Employer: CIC nanoGUNE
Location: Donostia/San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Employment Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Description:

The Nanoscience Cooperative Research Center CIC nanoGUNE, created with the mission of conducting world-class nanoscience research for the competitive growth of the Basque Country and has been recently recognized as a "María de Maeztu" Excellence Unit (2017-2021).

Job Description:



The aim of the project is to approach controlled spatial and chemical functionalization of 2D materials, for making the resulting composite functional for applications in optical/magneto-optical sensing, and further biomedical applications.

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree and a strong background in chemistry, related to surface functionalization, which will be proven with a solid record of first author publications. Further expertise either in electron microscopy, coating technologies, or lithographic patterning will be considered beneficial.

The research within this project will be done in co-supervision between the Electron-Microscopy laboratory of Prof. Andrey Chuvilin and the Nanomaterials group of Prof. Mato Knez.




The research project aims at determining mechanisms for light scattering and optical excitations in layered materials and molecular nanostructures with nanometer resolution. The interaction between light and matter can be brought to the nanoscale by the use of metallic nanoantennas, whereas atomic resolution is achieved by low-temperature probe microscopy. 

The selected candidate will lead the integration of optical and probe spectroscopies into a combined method to map excitons and their dynamics in well-defined systems.

The candidate should have a PhD in Physics or related fields, and experience in scanning probe microscopy and optical spectroscopy methods.

The project will be performed in the Nanoimaging group of Prof. Nacho Pascual, in collaboration with the Nanooptics group of Prof. Rainer Hillenbrand.




Monolayers of semiconducting 2D materials such as MoS2 or WSe2 present exciting properties for applications in the design of optoelectronic devices. Detection and manipulation of spin and the so-called valley or pseudo-spin degrees of freedom are key for the use of these systems in future information technologies. In this project, we aim to explore spin and valley physics in hybrid structures of layered materials by combining both optical and electrical excitation/detection.

The selected candidate should have a PhD in Physics or related fields, and will be responsible for the magneto-optical and magneto-transport measurements (high magnetic fields and low temperatures), data analysis, and drafting of results. (S)he will be also involved in the design and preparation of structures by exfoliation and stamping in controlled atmosphere and device fabrication by standard electron- beam lithography.

The research will be lead by Dr. Reyes Calvo and Prof. Ignacio Pascual of the Nanoimaging group, in close collaboration with the Nanodevices and Nanooptics groups.

We offer an international and competitive environment, state-of-the-art equipment, and the possibility of performing research at the highest level. The position is available immediately and for a total length of up to three years. The contract will be financed by grant MDM-2016-0618 of the "María de Maeztu" 2016 call of the Spanish National Research Agency.

Job Application:

The candidates should apply by completing the form available in the webpage of each offer at (, attaching:

a) A complete CV

b) A cover letter and at least two reference letters grouped in a single PDF file.

The deadline for applications has been extended to 30th September 2017.

Date Posted: August 25, 2017