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Postdoc Origami Nanophotonics Using Machine Learning for Space Imaging & Exploration

Origami Lightsail Materials Design with Machine Learning

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur


Nanophotonic is now becoming the next pillar for a large array from applications from world-class sensors to space exploration. Machine learning techniques can help to guide the design process of the next generation of nanophotonics devices. At the TU Delft, we developed some of the world’s thinnest mirrors using membranes with a thickness about 1/1000th the diameter of human hair. These ultra-thin membranes can be converted into highly reflective mirrors by patterning the membranes with nanoscale holes. By designing the size of the nanoscale holes and spacing between them, one can design these membranes to reflect at any desired wavelength. This nanoscale engineering of materials allow us to design and create meta-materials with properties which are not found in nature.These type of nanoscale mirrors are now having a significant impact in a number of fields including imaging, space exploration, and sensing. We will be designing a new type of mirror that uses concepts from origami and machine learning to give such nanoscale reflectors a competely new edge in performance. The goal of this project is to merge the know-how of nanophotonics fabrication with machine learning algorithms to create origami structures from thin films. Our data-driven algorithm allows us to create designs that would be unintuitive for human-based designs. In this project the postdoc would be in charge of designing new types of nanophotonic reflector, manufacturing such nanophotonics on microchips using state-of-the-art cleanroom facilities and testing machine learning designs using laser optics laboratories. The postdoc would be working in collaboration with Dr. Richard Norte's lab and Dr. Miguel Bessa's lab which aim to put together their expertise to mold new ideas in nanotechnology.

The Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) of the 3mE faculty focuses on developing knowledge and methods for small, innovative, high-precision devices and systems, such as precision equipment and scientific instrumentation for the high-tech industry. Increasing miniaturization and function density along with improving precision, speed and reliability are the key topics in our work. Our approach is multidisciplinary, fundamental and inspired by industry needs.
The vacant position is in the Dynamics of Micro and Nanosystems (DMN) group.


Looking for Post doctoral candidates who have:

  • a background in engineering or physics
  • experience with optics or experiments is a must.
  • willing to learn a new skill like nanofabrication (previous experience is a plus)
  • an interest in nanophotonics (both theory, manufacturing and application)
  • the ability to work well in collaborative setting
  • computational skills and simulation experience
  • good communication skills.


Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication: €3.491 - €4.402 per month). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Richard Norte, Assistant Professor, email: r.a.norte@tudelft.nl.