Postdoc: electron-induced damage mechanisms in SEM imaging

Work Activities

The goal of the project is to learn more about the possible detrimental effects of electrons in scanning electron microscopy for metrology applications, on materials used in the semiconductor industry. As a Postdoctoral Researcher you will use state of the art tools to unravel and quantify the physical changes induced in materials by electron irradiation  You will also determine the extent to which this damage can be compared with light-induced damage. 

This project is part of a larger KIC project, “Foundations for electron-beam metrology and inspection”, in which knowledge institutes Delft University of Technology and ARCNL are working together with high-tech company ASML. You will perform this project in close collaboration with a team of PhD students and postdocs working on this project at ARCNL and at Delft University of Technology, and with researchers at the Dutch semiconductor manufacturing equipment company ASML. At ARCNL you will be embedded in the Light/Matter Interaction group and work closely together also with the Materials & Surface Science for EUVL group of dr. Roland Bliem.


You need to meet the requirements for a doctors-degree and must have research experience in a non-Dutch academic environment.
You have a PhD in Physics or Chemical Physics and have experience with SEM, lasers and an affinity with semiconductor materials. You are an independent researcher and have good project management skills.
Good verbal and written communication skills (in English) are required.

Work environment

ARCNL performs fundamental research, focusing on the physics and chemistry involved in current and future key technologies in nanolithography, primarily for the semiconductor industry. While the academic setting and research style are geared towards establishing scientific excellence, the topics in ARCNL’s research program are intimately connected with the interests of the industrial partner ASML. The institute is located at Amsterdam Science Park and currently employs about 100 persons of which 65 are ambitious (young) researchers from all over the globe.

Working conditions

The position is intended as full-time (40 hours / week, 12 months / year) appointment in the service of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) for the duration of 3 years, with a salary in scale 10 (CAO-OI) and a range of employment benefits. ARCNL assists any new foreign Postdoc with housing and visa applications and compensates their transport costs and furnishing expenses.

More information?

For further information about the position, please contact:
Prof. dr. Paul Planken
Group leader Light/Matter Interaction
Phone: +31 (0)20-754 7100


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