Postdoctoral Researcher in Polaritonic chemistry

When photoactive molecules interact strongly with confined light modes as found in plasmonic structures or optical cavities, new hybrid light-matter states can form, the so-called polaritons. These polaritons are coherent superpositions of excitations of the molecules and of the cavity photon or surface plasmon. Recent experimental and theoretical works suggest that access to these polaritons with confined light might provide a totally new and attractive paradigm for controlling chemical reactions. 

In this project the research groups from experimental and theoretical physics, chemistry and molecular biology at the Nanoscience Center are working together to understand the effects of strong coupling with confined light on molecules with the aim of ultimately designing nanophotonic devices for manipulating chemical reactivity. For our team we are searching motivated and talented individuals who want to either work on experiments to validate the theoretical model, or on developing the theoretical model to explain and predict the effects of the strong coupling.

Position 5. The position is for 24 months. The eligible candidate for a postdoctoral position should have a PhD degree or be about to obtain a PhD degree in physics or physical chemistry, and have experimental or theoretical experience in spectroscopy, plasmonics, optical cavities and/or quantum electrodynamics, or in related fields. For experimental postdoctoral experience in nanofabrication or optical measurements, is required.  Because of the highly interdisciplinary nature of the project, experience in or affinity with multi-disciplinary research is highly desired. Furthermore, good communication and presentation skills in English are mandatory, as is a demonstrated track record with scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.

For further information:


1. Dynamics of Strongly Coupled Modes between Surface Plasmon Polaritons and Photoactive Molecules: The Effect of the Stokes Shift. S. Baieva, O. Hakamaa, G. Groenhof, T.T. Heikkilä, and J. Toppari, ACS Photonics 4, 28 (2017).

2. Multiscale Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Polaritonic Chemistry. Hoi Ling Luk, J. Feist, J.J. Toppari, and G. Groenhof, J. Chem. Theory Comput., 13, 4324 (2017).

Information about the details of the application procedure.

Please submit your application at the latest by 15.5.2018 using the online application form.