PhD in Hyperspectral imaging of organic transistors for implantable electronics


Faculty of Science and Engineering


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, University of Groningen, V23.0773

Job description

Do you want to gain a PhD degree by using the latest optical spectroscopy and microscopy tools? Are you eager to work on state-of-the-art organic materials and devices for organic electronics? Then apply and join the Optical Spectroscopy of Functional Nanosystems group at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials of the University of Groningen.

Within a European collaborative project (EIC Pathfinder ICONIC), we will study how charges migrate within organic electrochemical transistors based on the newest generation of conjugated polymers. We want to develop a better understanding how the chemical structure of those polymers and processing conditions influences their (nano- to microscale) morphology, their electronic and optical properties, and ultimately their ability to transport charges.

You will collaborate with world-leading groups and small companies within the ICONIC consortium and will contribute to developing organic wearable/implantable electronics and realising therapeutic devices.

Your challenges

• You will expand the hyperspectral imaging capabilities of a state-of-the-art microscopy setup
• You will perform hyperspectral imaging with diffraction-limited resolution on state-of-the-art organic electrochemical transistors under operando conditions
• You will closely interact with other groups in the ICONIC consortium to establish structure-function relationships towards improving device operation

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has been our top priority for over four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering subject areas, from mathematics, astronomy and mechanical engineering, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, pharmacy and nanoscience. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from around the world.


• master degree in physics or physical chemistry; experience in optical spectroscopy / microscopy is a plus, but it is not a requirement
• readiness to work in an interdisciplinary and international team and with international collaboration partners
• good written and spoken English proficiency is required

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

We offer in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of € 2,770 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,539 gross per month in the fourth and final year (based on a full-time employment)
• a holiday allowance and end-of-year bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your gross annual income
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE) for four years: first, you will get a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years; prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training program is part of the agreement and you will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty of Science and Engineering

Starting date is May, 01, 2024. You will join us in brand-new labs in a brand-new building. We offer a fully employed position with flexible working hours, social security contributions and pension accruals. We foster development of soft-skills.

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Job Application

Applications for the position should include: • a cover letter (1–2 pages) introducing yourself and describing your motivation to apply for this position and how your background fits with the position • a CV (max 2 pages) demonstrating academic excellence, including details of BSc and MSc degrees • copies of your academic records from your BSc and MSc studies • contact details of two academic references You may apply for this position until 7 January 11:59 pm / before 8 January 2024 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the online application form (click on “Apply” below the advertisement on the university website). The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Richard Hildner

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0773

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