Postdoctoral Research Associate in Experimental Atomic and Laser-Plasma Physics

Date posted July 25, 2019
Type Postdoc positions

This project is part of the ERC Starting Grant EUVPLASMA.

This project aims at understanding the fundamental limits to the emission of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light by dense laser-produced plasmas. Which atomic plasma processes determine the efficiency of the conversion of drive laser energy into EUV radiation? What are the mechanisms underlying the expansion of the laser-produced plasma? Answering these questions by focusing on the fundamentals of atomic and laser-plasma physics will pave the way for better sources for tomorrow’s nanolithography. You will be embedded in the EUV Plasma Processes team at ARCNL, where you will lead part of our team of talented PhD students and work in close collaboration with researchers from semiconductor equipment manufacturer ASML.

About the group

The Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) focuses on the fundamental chemistry and physics involved in current and future key technologies in nanolithography, primarily for the semiconductor industry. ARCNL is a public-private partnership between the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the VU University Amsterdam (VU) and the semiconductor equipment manufacturer ASML. ARCNL is located at the Science Park Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and is currently building up towards a size of approximately 100 scientists and support staff. See also

The research activities of the EUV Plasma Processes group aim at the understanding of the basic dynamics on an atomic and molecular level of the operation of contemporary and future plasma-based sources of extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) light for nanolithography.


You need to meet the requirements for a doctors-degree. Research experience in a non-Dutch academic environment and knowledge in the fields of laser physics, atomic or plasma physics are advantageous. Good verbal and written communication skills (in English) are required.

Terms of employment

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 a maximum duration of three years. ARCNL assists any new foreign postdoc with housing and visa applications and compensates their transport costs and furnishing expenses.

Contact info

Dr. Oscar Versolato / Prof.dr. W. Ubachs / Prof.dr. R. Hoekstra
Group leaders EUV Plasma Processes 
Phone: +31 (0)20-851 7100

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