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CIC nanoGUNE: Pre-doctoral Researcher on Correlative IR/Raman Nanospectroscopy (Cotutelle)

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Job Summary

The Nanoscience Cooperative Research Center, CIC nanoGUNE, located in Donostia / San Sebastian, Basque Country (Spain), is currently looking for a Predoctoral researcher to work on Correlative IR/Raman Nanospectroscopy (Cotutelle between the Nanooptics Group of the Basque Nanoscience Cooperative Research Center, San Sebastián and the Molecular Spectroscopy Group of the Institut des Sciences Moléculaires, Bordeaux).

The position is expected to start as soon as possible once the selection process is completed.

Job Description

The 3-4 years PhD project will focus in the instrumental development of correlative IR/Raman nanospectroscopy to demonstrate the capability of this technique to obtain nanoscale co-localized IR/Raman spectra on various samples including 2D materials as test samples. The project will involve periods in both the Molecular Spectroscopy Group of the Institut des Sciences Moléculaires (University of Bordeaux, Talence, France), under the supervision of Dr. Sébastien Bonhommeau (SB), and in the Nanooptics group of the Nanoscience Research Center CIC nanoGUNE (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain), under the supervision of Prof. Rainer Hillenbrand (RH). SB is an expert in Raman nanospectroscopy, also called tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, especially for the study of biomolecules [1-4]. RH is a renowned expert in IR nanospectroscopy. His group pioneered the development of scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) and FTIR nanospectroscopy (nano-FTIR) [5,6]. His research did not only set the scientific and technological foundations of s-SNOM and nano-FTIR, but also demonstrated its enormous application potential in widely different fields of science and technology, such as for nanoscale conductivity mapping in devices, nanoscale chemical identification of organic and inorganic materials, bioimaging and mapping exotic light waves in 2D and quantum materials [7,8].

Applicants should hold an internationally recognized Master degree (or equivalent) in physical or related disciplines. They should show clear motivation and skills for experimental work, in particular for instrumental development of optical setup, programming and solid state physics. Experience in TERS and s-SNOM is not required, but it would be appreciated. The candidate must also be able to work independently, after an inevitable training period, and interact with different staff members. A good level in written and spoken English is a mandatory prerequisite.

Candidates should apply by completing the form in the link below and attaching the following documents:

- Curriculum Vitae (including information about your grades during university studies)
- Motivation letter (1 page max.)
- Transcripts related to the Master’s degree (first 3 semesters at least).

Application form:

The deadline for the first screening is the 31st August 2024.

[1] S. Bonhommeau et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 1771-1774.
[2] D. Talaga et al., , Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 15738-15742.
[3] D. Talaga et al., , J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2020, 11, 3835-3840.
[4] D. Talaga et al., , J. Phys. Chem. B 2022, 126, 5024-5032.
[5] F. Huth et al., Nat. Mater. 2011, 2, 352-356.
[6] F. Huth et al., Nano Lett. 2012, 12, 3973-3978.
[7] P. Li et al., Science 2018, 359, 892-896.
[8] A. Bylinkin et al., R, Nat. Photonics 2021, 15, 197-202.


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Job Details

Type of Contract Temporary 
Researcher profile First Stage Researcher (R1)  
Status Full-time 
Hours Per Week 40  
Company/Institute CIC nanoGUNE 
Country SPAIN 
State/Province Gipuzkoa 
City Donostia-San Sebastián 

Organization/Institute Contact Data

Organization CIC nanoGUNE 
Organization/Institution Type Research Laboratory 
Faculty/Department/Research Lab Nanooptics 
Country SPAIN 
City Donostia - San Sebastian 
State/Province Guipuzcoa 
Postal Code E-20018 
Street Tolosa Hiribidea, 76 
Phone +34943574000 
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Application Details

Envisaged Job Starting Date 2024-10-01 
Application Deadline 2024-08-31 
How To Apply