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Training in: Electronic structure simulation techniques including empirical tight-binding, continuum envelope function techniques, pseudopotential, and density functional theory techniques.

To date empirical tight binding methods have not successfully been applied to the properties of magnetic III-Sb semiconductors, especially where the spins and charges are strongly confined across interfaces, such as GaSb/GaAs, InAs/GaAsSb, and GaAsSb/GaAsN structures. In order to describe the properties of these materials, explored experimentally by other consortium members, the magnetic properties should be evaluated in an efficient approach that emphasizes electronic states near the chemical potential.

A highly efficient approach to emphasize electronic states near the chemical potential, especially in alloys with disorder among the interacting spins, is by using electronic propagators in open systems. New techniques will need to be developed to infer the macroscopic effects of the interactions and produce effective tight-binding parameters for the magnetic systems. We seek to provide a pathway from spin-spin interactions to macroscopic magnetic properties, and to compare these properties with experimental measurements performed elsewhere.

Novel propagator evaluation techniques will be developed and applied. The candidate will learn multiple electronic structure techniques including empirical tight-binding, continuum envelope function techniques, pseudopotential, and density functional theory techniques. With those the candidate will analyze the magnetic properties of III-Sb materials investigated by the consortium.


Institution: The Eindhoven University of Technology is a university with about 13000 Master and Bachelor students and 1600 PhDs. It is international recognized as one of the world leading universities in the field of scientific cooperation with industry.
Institute/Laboratory: The group Photonics and Semiconductor Nanoscience is focussed in its research the growth and characterization III/V semiconductor nanostructured materials and devices and their nanophotonic properties. We have access to a state-of-the-art cleanroom and excellent lab facilities. The group is part of department of Applied Physics.
Location/City: The Eindhoven University is located near heart of the city that forms the core of the Brainport area comprising many international leading and innovative hightech industries. About 50 % of the national private investment in research is spend in the Brainport region. Eindhoven is about 1.5 hours away from cities like Amsterdam, Brussel and Dusseldorf.


We seek an excellent, enthusiastic and team-spirited PhD candidate with a Physics, Chemistry or Material Science MSc degree who is fluent in English speaking and writing. Previous experience in a research environment involving solid state physics will be positively considered. The successful candidate should have good knowledge and interest and capacity in theoretical work.

How to Apply

Candidates can apply to a maximum of four different ESR positions in the network using the links below. Applications must include the following documents:
  1. An internal application form listing your academic and job records (.docx template available here).
  2. A free format CV (pdf format max 2 Mb)
  3. Official documentation such as degree and grades certificates will be required at a later stage.
The deadline for application is 31st January 2021.
Attempts to apply to more than four positions using different registration profiles will invalidate your candidature.