Tenure-track group leader / Assistant Professor: Contact Dynamics for Nanolithography

Date posted February 14, 2019
Type Group leaders

At ARCNL, you will work as a tenure-track group leader in the field of contact dynamics for nanolithography. You will focus on fundamental understanding and manipulating contact, friction and wear behavior, down to the nanometer scale, for materials and conditions appropriate to future challenges in nanolithography.

Your group is housed at ARCNL and collaborates with other research groups at the center. The group has access to the various facilities at ARCNL, and also at the NanoLab at our neighbor institute AMOLF and at the University of Amsterdam. Facilities include a unique bespoke confocal tribometer setup that combines visualization of contacts between rough surfaces with simultaneous friction measurements. This is complemented by state-of-the-art facilities for surface analysis and for tribological experiments under different atmospheres and conditions. Combining these techniques enables the group to gain new, fundamental insights that advance the field of tribology and are useful for any application involving fundamental aspects of friction and wear.
As a tenure-track group leader, you are appointed as an Assistant Professor at the UvA. You are granted a competitive start-up package for equipment and PhD students. High-level technical support will be provided by dedicated group technicians and by the technical support departments (electronic, software and mechanical) of AMOLF.

As a tenure-track group leader, you will:
• Initiate a novel research program, aligned with ASML Research, on understanding and manipulating contact, friction and wear behavior for future challenges in nanolithography;
• Direct your group members and supervise the projects within the group;
• Be responsible for the budget, the planning, and the quality of the projects in the group;
• Publish your work in leading international journals;
• Present the work at conferences and research institutes in the Netherlands and abroad;
• Collaborate actively with the other research groups at ARCNL, in particular those working on materials, surfaces and thin films;
• Establish and maintain an active collaboration with ASML research;
• Develop and maintain external relations, both national and international;
• Acquire national and international financial support to expand the group;
• Contribute actively to the positioning of the field, both nationally and internationally.

About the institute

The Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) focuses on the fundamental physics and chemistry 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 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and the semiconductor equipment manufacturer ASML, and is currently building up towards a size of approximately 100 scientists and support staff. ARCNL is located on the Amsterdam Science Park, The Netherlands. For more information, visit www.arcnl.nl. Within ARCNL, the universities are the main employers for the senior academic staff. The present vacancy will be hosted by the University of Amsterdam.


You have a PhD in physics, materials science and/or mechanical engineering with experience in tribology, especially at the nano-scale.
You have a special interest in at least one of the following fields:
• The origins of friction variability and (time-dependent) friction changes, as affected by wear phenomena and the generation and dynamic behavior of wear particles.
• Influencing friction and wear behavior through the use of advanced coatings, surface treatments and/or surface topographies.
• Developing technologies for controlling friction on demand using a stimulus, switching between high and low friction.

Terms of employment

The position will be filled at the level of Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in the service of the University of Amsterdam. The tenure-track agreement will initially be on a temporary basis for a period of five years with up to three assessments during this period. The position will become permanent after five years at a higher level if the candidate is successful. Criteria that have to be met include success in research, acquisition of funds and education. Details of the criteria will be mutually agreed upon before the appointment starts. Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly starting salary will range from € 3.637.- to € 5.656.- depending on expertise and previous experience (salary scale 11 – 12). The salary will be increased by 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The Collective Employment Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities is applicable. A favorable tax agreement, the 30% ruling, may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

Contact info

Prof.dr. J.W.M. Frenken
Director ARCNL
E-mail: j.frenken@arcnl.nl
Phone: +31-(0)20-851 7100

You can respond to this vacancy online via the button below. When applying, submit a motivation letter, a research proposal (maximum 6 pages), resume, list of publications and names of 3 references.

The final application date is 29 March, 2019. After this date, job applications will only be accepted in exceptional cases.

Online screening may be part of the selection.

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