High-throughput photoelectron-circular dichroism measurements

The position is part of a new public-private consortium consisting of 3 academic and 2 industrial partners, funded by the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRO/OPOost, NL). This project will be conducted in close collaboration with the start-up company MassSpecPECD and hence offers a unique opportunity to also get some insight into industrial research.

Within the project we will develop a compact velocity-map imaging (VMI) spectrometer for femtosecond photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) measurements. This will also incorporate novel micro-DeLaval nozzles, produced by our project partners within the consortium, to enable high-throughput PECD measurements for chiral analysis. The project is based at Radboud University in Nijmegen, and part of the Ultrafast Chemical Dynamics group, making use of our state-of-the-art ultrafast laser labs and light sources.

Applicants should hold a PhD in molecular physics / physical chemistry or related fields, and have a solid background in working with molecular beams, velocity-map imaging and ultrafast lasers. Initial appointment is for 18-24 months, depending on experience. To apply, please send a letter of motivation, CV and 2 recommendation letters directly to d.horke@science.ru.nl. The position is available immediately.

In the Ultrafast Chemical Dynamics group we study chemical processes on the femtosecond timescale using a combination of novel molecular control techniques and photoelectron/photoion imaging methods. Our group is part of the Spectroscopy of Cold Molecules department within the Institute for Molecules and Materials at Radboud University.