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Full Professor Thin Film Physics and XUV Optics (m/f; fulltime)

Thin film physics is spectacularly driving the development of optics for the short, XUV wavelength range. The understanding and control of atomic-scale, thin …

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Drienerlolaan, Enschede, Overijssel
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 5582 - € 8127 per maand


Thin film physics is spectacularly driving the development of optics for the short, XUV wavelength range. The understanding and control of atomic-scale, thin film processes has delivered multilayered Bragg structures, acting as XUV reflectors. These have enabled innovations like the fine-printing of nanoscale chip features for semiconductor processes, and X-ray metrology equipment for high-sensitivity materials analysis.

The University of Twente now offers a full professor position to exploit the underlaying materials science of these optics further, in order to manipulate short-wavelength light for a variety of new applications. Opportunities range from multilayered optics engineered with atomic precision to show record-high reflectivity, to highly transparent, nanoscale-thin membranes robust enough to withstand high power. The key challenge is to develop the missing physics understanding for the new thin film optics: atomically thin, complex layered materials systems should satisfy optics laws in the XUV range.

The XUV Optics group at the University of Twente holds a strong track record in the physical understanding of ultra-thin single and multilayer systems, with an exceptional infrastructure of thin film synthesis and analysis instrumentation. The group is linked to development programmes of relevant high-tech industry and three of the world’s leading industrial players in these fields are supporting the XUV group: ASML on the development of the latest generation of high-resolution lithography equipment, Carl Zeiss SMT on the ultimate optics for this, and Malvern Panalytical on state-of-the-art X-ray metrology.


  • You are a leading, international expert with an acknowledged track record of independent, original research on the physics and chemistry of thin films, multilayers for short-wavelength optics, and/or plasma- and photo-chemistry at these optics;
  • You are able to inspire and motivate others, with a proven leadership in running a mixed group of scientific researchers, technical engineers, and pre- and post-graduate students;
  • You have a track record of collaboration with industrial parties and governmental institutions, exploiting a network of academic and industrial contacts, and a demonstrated capacity to raise research funds through national and international schemes of public and private nature;
  • You have the ambition to pro-actively participate in educational tasks and university lecture series involving a university teaching qualification, and have effective communication and presentation skills; predominantly in English. Willingness to master Dutch is appreciated;
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly encouraged.


Please send your application via the 'Apply now' button, and include:

  • your curriculum vitae
  • a list of publications
  • your research and teaching statements
  • names of two references

Please contact prof.dr Fred Bijkerk or prof.dr Jennifer Herek for any questions you might have (f.bijkerk@utwente.nl and j.l.herek@utwente.nl). The application deadline is 31st of December 2019.


We offer an excellent and stimulating scientific environment with attractive support infrastructures and campus facilities. The University provides a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

You will be appointed in a permanent position with terms of employment in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO) including:

    • A starting salary from €5582 to €8127 gross per month, according to the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, your salary will be based on relevant work experience;
    • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
    • A minimum of 29 leave days in case of fulltime employment;
    • Professional and personal development programmes;
    • A solid pension scheme.