PhD Scholarship positions in Physics – Netherlands

Applications are invited for 02 Fully Funded PhD Scholarships in Experimental Atomic Physics from highly-motivated PhD Scholars with excellent laboratory skills for performing state-of-the-art Atomic Physics experiments within the Quantum Flagship project at The Faculty of Science, Institute of Physics, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.


The Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics, University of Amsterdam provides two Fully Funded PhD Scholarships to highly-motivated PhD Scholars with excellent laboratory skills for performing state-of-the-art Atomic Physics experiments within the Quantum Flagship project with a handsome salary of €2,266 to €2,897 gross per month.

Project Details:

The PhD Scholar is required to develop a new type of Optical Clock: a continuously operating super-radiant clock. This new type of clocks, Optical clocks, exploit mHz line-width transitions of atoms as frequency references and can achieve an accuracy that corresponds to going one second wrong over the lifetime of the universe (10-18). Conventional clocks operate by stabilizing a laser on the atomic clock transition and reading out the laser by using an optical frequency comb. The interrogated atoms have to be extremely cold in order for the Doppler effect not to alter the measurement. Preparing a sample of atoms at ultracold temperatures takes time. To bridge that time, the clock laser is short-term stabilized on a cavity.

The proposed PhD project has three parts:

Part 1

Create a superradiant laser on a kHz line transition, collaborating with the group of Jan Thomsen in Copenhagen

Part 2

Build a superradiant clock on the mHz line of Sr together with the group of Michał Zawada in Torun. The PhD scholar collaborating with the Torun group will have the opportunity to work with them in Poland for up to 1.5 years of the their PhD

Part 3

Exploration of the foundations of superradiant lasing in Amsterdam. Part 3 range from the study of many-body effects in driven-interacting systems to cavity-cooling of a stream of atoms to quantum degeneracy, forming a continuous atom laser. This part will be executed in a team of another PhD scholar, 02 Postdoc scholars, Florian Schreck and an extensive network of collaborator


Applicants are required to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Masters degree or equivalent in Physics or a related field
  • Laboratory experience in an Atomic Physics Lab
  • Working knowledge of a programming language (matlab, C++ or equivalent)
  • Proficiency in English (oral and written communication skill)
  • Any scientific publications


Applicants are required to submit the following documents with application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter explaining the reason for applying to this position with a statement of scholar’ research experience and interests and how these relate to this project
  • Master thesis title and summary

The scholarship positions will remain open until two suitable PhD Scholars have been identified


Publish Date:
Institute Name: University of Amsterdam
Degree/Course: PhD
Deadline: March 31, 2019
Country: Netherlands
Course Start:
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