PhD position in Ultrafast Nanoscale Magnetophotonics at University of Luxembourg

The Ultrafast Condensed Matter Physics Group(Department of Physics and Materials Science, University of Luxembourg) is looking for an outstanding PhD candidate whois willing to work on a challenging project at the interface between ultrafast plasmonics, metamaterials and nanomagnetism. The project foresees ample collaborative opportunities within Luxembourg and with other research groups around the world.The PhD student will be enrolled in the Doctoral School in Science and Engineering at the University of Luxembourg, and follow a vibrant PhD program that includes training in transferable skills, support for career development, lectures and teaching by international experts and annual PhD symposia. During the PhD research, the candidate will carry out experiments to uncover the physical principles that regulate the dynamics of photons and charges in nanostructured metamaterials. By combining time-resolved laser-based spectroscopy techniquesand multi-physics finite element methods, the candidate will unveil how to useand shape ultrashort light pulses to excite magnons, i.e. the collective oscillations of spins (the intrinsic angular momenta of electrons), and combine them with the collective motion of electrons in electromagnetically coupled elements tailored from composite materials. The project will disclose a mechanism which might have a huge impact on forthcoming light-driven deterministic (coherently-controlled), ultrafast (sub-ps regime) and ultra-dense (tens of Tb per inch2) data processing nanotechnologies working at even higher speeds than electronics.

We are seeking an excellent and highly motivated candidate holding a Master’s degree in Physics, Materials Science or Electrical Engineering. Candidates should have demonstrated background in one of the following topics: experimental condensed matter physics, electromagnetism, magnetism. Previousexperience in ultrafast optics, nonlinear optics, magnetoplasmonics, plasmonics, nanophotonics, pump-probe spectroscopy, frequency-and/or time-resolved MOKE, data analysis (e.g. MATLAB), finite element and/or FDTD methods, or basic programming/coding in LabVIEWwill be a plus. Fluency in English is mandatory. Willingness to work in an intercultural and international environment, and the ability to work independently or as part of a team, are desired.We offer a standard full time (40hours/week) 36 months contract (extendable for up to 48 months if required).

Starting date: 1 May 2021 or the earliest possible date.For further information, please contact Dr. Nicolò Maccaferri ( or Prof. Daniele Brida (