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Posted: February 15, 2008
ETH Zurich Postdoc and Ph.D. Positions in Nano-Optics and Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
(Nanowerk News) The Laboratory of Metal Physics and Technology, Department of Materials at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) is looking for one postdoc and two Ph.D. candidates interested in nano-optics and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Here is their offer:
SERS is a powerful tool for enhancing the inherently low Raman scattering cross-sections of molecules, enabling detection down to single molecules. The major mechanism of the SERS effect arises from electromagnetic field enhancement in the vicinity of metallic nanostructures when they are excited at their surface plasmon resonance.
Our aim, within the framework of this project, is to increase the enhancement factors of SERS by developing novel designs and fabrication methods as well as using different excitation wavelengths ranging from UV to NIR. The objective of the project is to design, fabricate and analyze optical properties of metallic nanostructures and to perform Raman, fluorescence, and photoluminescence spectroscopy experiments of biomolecules and quantum dots. The fabrication methods involve e-beam lithography, Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography and focused-ion beam lithography. For theoretical understanding, simulations using finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) methods will be employed.
The Laboratory of Metal Physics and Technology, Department of Materials at the ETH Zurich, conducts fundamental research in the fields of nanostructured metals, bulk metallic glasses, hybrid systems, and magnetic materials as well as applied research in advanced metallic systems for medical and photonic applications. It offers an interdisciplinary and stimulating research environment with excellent infrastructure.
We are looking for highly-motivated Ph.D. and postdoc candidates with an excellent Diploma or Ph.D. degree in physics, materials science, chemistry or engineering. The candidates should have a keen interest in experimental work in nanotechnology and optics. Hands-on experience in either Raman spectroscopy or SERS will be of advantage.
Applications with a cover letter and curriculum vitae including grades and names of at least two references should be sent in PDF format to [email protected]
Please send you application to:
Prof. Jörg F. Löffler
Metal Physics and Technology, Department of Materials, ETH Zürich