Experimental Physicist for Quantum Electron Microscope Development

Department/faculty: Faculty Applied Sciences
Level: University Graduate
Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly
Contract: 3 years
Salary: 2640 - 4166 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,800 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics.

The position is in the Department of Imaging Physics (ImPhys, www.imphys.tudelft.nl) of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the TU Delft. Our department performs cutting-edge research spanning the range from understanding the basic principles underlying imaging technology to automated image analysis to developing new imaging systems.

The ambition of the Charged Particle Optics group (within the Imaging Physics Department) is to develop improved tools to look at the microscopic world and to invent new methods to create microscopic structures, even down to nanometre size. They advance the fundamental understanding of relevant physical phenomena such as electron emission, and they design innovative, sometimes revolutionary electron and ion beam instruments. All the group’s projects are in cooperation with industrial partners. They are always on the lookout for possibilities to patent their ideas and spin off new companies, as they have done in the case of MAPPER Lithography and DELMIC. The present size of the group is 5 principle investigators, 15 PhD students and 6 technical support staff.

Job description

In a joint project with Stanford, MIT and Erlangen University, we are investigating the possibilities to make atomic resolution images with substantially reduced interaction between the electrons and the sample. The principles are based on quantum phenomena such as non-demolition measurements and the quantum Zeno effect. There is more  theoretical work to be done on the detailed effects of the new imaging modes of the Quantum Electron Microscope, such as the relation between image quality and radiation damage. However, most of the effort will go to the further design of new electron optical components for the Quantum Electron Microscope and testing them either in a test set-up already existing in Delft or in a prototype TEM in Stanford. The position is in a team with presently one experienced PhD student, a Master’s student and the professor as project leader. The project is supported by technicians specialized in mechanical design, clean room fabrication, electronics and experimental control. For more content, see P. Kruit et al, Ultramicroscopy 164, 31 – 45 (2016).


Applicants should have the following qualifications:

• A PhD degree in experimental or applied physics.

• Some experience with building or modifying an experimental set-up that includes electron or ion beams.

• Some experience in computer modelling and image processing.

• Experience in electron microscopy is an advantage but no requirement.

A demonstrated hands-on mentality, good command of the English language and the ability to easily and actively collaborate in an international project team.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application

For more information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof. P. Kruit, tel.nr. +31 15 (0)15 2785197 or e-mail: p.kruit@tudelft.nl,

To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application, addressing all five job requirements, to Ms. Anjella van Vliet, j.t.vanvliet@tudelft.nl.

When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWIP18-051.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Faculty Applied Sciences
University Graduate
Working hours
38.0 hours weekly
3 years
2640 - 4166 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date
Dec. 2, 2018
Vacancy nr.


For more information about the application procedure, please contact:

E j.t.vanvliet@tudelft.nl