Post-Doc position in “Modeling and fabrication of dielectric metasurfaces for Vectorial Nano-imaging” - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Milano, IIT@Polimi
Added on: 04/06/2019 - Expires on: 30/07/2019

The Center for Nano Science and Technology (CNST), an IIT Network Center based in Milano, is opening 1 Postdoctoral position in the area of “Modeling and fabrication of dielectric metasurfaces for Vectorial Nano-imaging”, to contribute in the research activities of the Research Line Vectorial Nano-imaging (PI: Dr. Antonio Ambrosio).

The main objective of this research activity is to create complex optical fields by means of metasurfaces, in several wavelength ranges and for new optical functionalities.

The selected candidate will be integrated in a highly interdisciplinary environment in a young and highly motivated research group, working in state-of-the-art facilities. He/she will participate in the modeling, fabrication and characterization of newly developed dielectric metasurfaces.

Highly motivated and talented candidates with proven nano-fabrication skills and backgrounds in photonics, plasmonics and optics are invited to apply for the advertised position. We are looking for a scientist with the following competences/skills:

  • Experience in using frequency and/or time-domain simulation methods and related software and CAD suits, including COMSOL Multiphysics, Lumerical – FDTD.
  • PhD in physics, nanotechnologies, photonics, engineering or related areas.
  • Proven track record of publications in the relevant technical areas and projects.
  • Experience in nano-fabrication of optical and optoelectronic devices using: Electron Beam Lithography; Photo-lithography; thin film deposition; Reactive Ion Etching; Atomic Layer Deposition.

Strong organizational skills, creativity, motivation and communication skills (oral and written) are highly required. Finally, proficiency in English is essential.

Salary and benefits are competitive for international standards

The placement will be open until a suitable candidate is found but preferential treatment will be given to applications received before July 30, 2019 with a possible starting date on 1st November 2019.

Applications, assembled as a single PDF file, shall include:

  • a complete CV with a full list of publications, plus a final section titled “Relevant skills” commenting on the strong points where your CV matches the required skills (list above)
  • Name and contacts of 2 referees.

To apply, send the single pdf file to quoting “Post Doc Modeling and fabrication of dielectric metasurfaces for Vectorial Nano-imaging CB 77066” in the subject line.

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Please, click here for more information about the Vectorial Nano-imaging research line

Antonio Ambrosio (Principal Investigator)

Antonio Ambrosio

Antonio Ambrosio was born in Ottaviano (Napoli - Italy) in 1979. He was awarded a Master degree in Condensed Matter Physics (emphasis on Laser Trapping and Light Angular Momentum) at the University of Naples Federico II in 2002. In 2006, he received his PhD degree in Applied Physics from the University of Pisa with a thesis on the development and applications of polarization contrast in near-field microscopy. This research work was under the supervision of Prof. Maria Allegrini and in part developed at the University College London, in collaboration with the group of Prof. Franco Cacialli. From December 2007 to June 2016, Antonio was a researcher at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, with his lab located in the Department of Physics of the University of Naples Federico II. There, he studied the connections between the illuminating light polarization and the structuring of azobenzene-containing polymers. In 2012, Antonio discovered the formation of spiral-shaped relief patterns on the surface of an azo-polymer that was illuminated with a holographically-produced vortex laser beam, adding new degrees of freedom in structuring azo-polymers with light. In April 2013, Antonio became Visiting Research Scholar of the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of the Harvard University, collaborating with the group of Prof. Federico Capasso in building a nano-imaging spectroscopic facility that allowed imaging of the steered surface plasmon polaritons in one- and two-dimensional metamaterials. Since July 2016, Antonio has been Principal Scientist at the Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard where he has continued his research activities in nano-photonics. From September 2019, Antonio is PI of the research line named Vectorial Nano-imaging at the Center for Nano Science and Technology (CNST) of IIT in Milan, dedicated to the development of metasurface-based optical nano-devices and new optical near-field imaging and spectroscopy techniques for 2D materials, polymers and nanostructured surfaces. Antonio is a member of the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports and member of the Materials Research Society and SPIE and senior member of The Optical Society of America.



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