PhD: Nanoscale Magnetic Imaging of Condensed Matter Systems

Department/faculty: Applied Sciences
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 4 years
Salary: €2191 to €2801

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 Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft is a quality-driven, intellectually stimulating institute with a broad scope of research in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The emphasis in our research, which ranges from single-molecule biophysics to quantum information processing of nanoscale devices, is on novel concepts and fundamental breakthroughs. The Institute has state-of-the-art general facilities, most notably for nanofabrication in the Kavli Nanolab Delft. The Kavli Institute of Nanoscience consists of two departments, both also part of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at Delft University of Technology: the Department of Quantum Nanoscience and the Department of Bionanoscience.

Research in the van der Sar Lab focuses on exploring condensed-matter physics using nanoscale magnetic-field sensing. A central role is played by the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) spin in diamond, which is an atomic-sized magnetic field sensor that can be controlled using methods from quantum information processing. Because NV magnetometry is extremely sensitive, has a large dynamic frequency range, and is compatible with a wide range of temperatures, it provides an excellent platform for exploring condensed-matter phenomena such as magnetism and superconductivity.

Job description

In this project you will explore the physics of quantum materials and devices through nanoscale magnetic field sensing. You will set up a state-of-the-art scanning single-NV magnetic imaging system and use it to study samples with interesting magnetic textures, magnetic excitations, and electrical current distributions. This project will combine correlated-electron physics, quantum optics, and quantum information with scanning probe microscopy. Moreover, it will provide the excitement of travelling into unexplored territories of condensed-matter physics at the nanoscale.


We are looking for an enthusiastic, talented candidate with an MSc degree in physics or a related field. Experience with spin physics, optics, scanning probe microscopy, and/or cryogenics is desirable but not required. Most importantly, the candidate should be fascinated by exploring fundamental condensed-matter physics and developing state-of-the-art measurement techniques. Fluency in English is essential.

Conditions of employment

The 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 child care 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.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. T. van der Sar: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 1 July 2017 also to Dr. T. van der Sar, e-mail:
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWCE17-020.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Applied Sciences
Master degree
Working hours
4 years
€2191 to €2801

Closing date
July 1, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact Dr. T. van der Sar, .

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