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Postdoc position in experimental atomic physics

Are you a highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher with excellent laboratory skills for performing state-of-the-art atomic physics experiments and supervising …

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Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Vast contract
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2709 - € 4274 per maand


Are you a highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher with excellent laboratory skills for performing state-of-the-art atomic physics experiments and supervising PhD students? Experience in trapped ions is preferred.

In the project you will work in a team that studies atomic quantum systems that are built up out of ultracold atoms and/or trapped ions. In particular, we seek to build a trapped ion quantum simulator using two-dimensional ion crystals. We will use novel optical microtraps generated by spatial light modulators to manipulate the sound waves in the ion crystal. This will allow us to engineer specific spin-spin interactions between the ions, or to engineer quantum gates between sub-crystals of ions. The resulting state-of-the-art trapped-ion platform can be programmed to perform quantum simulations of frustrated spin systems in triangular, hexagonal and kagome lattices. These complex systems are of key interest to understand emergent phenomena in solid-state physics, but are extremely hard to simulate on classical computers owing to the huge amount of entanglement contained in their ground states.

Recent references from our group:

  • T. Feldker, H. Fürst, H. Hirzler, N. V. Ewald, M. Mazzanti, D. Wiater, M. Tomza and R. Gerritsma, Nature Physics (2020), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-019-0772-5.
  • K. Groenland, F. Witteveen, K. Schoutens and R. Gerritsma, arXiv:2001.05231 (2020).
  • S. E. Rasmussen, K. Groenland, R. Gerritsma, K. Schoutens and N. T. Zinner, Phys. Rev. A 101, 022308 (2020).
  • N. V. Ewald, T. Feldker, H. Hirzler, H. Fürst, R. Gerritsma, Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 253401 (2019).
  • M. Tomza, K. Jachymski, R. Gerritsma, A. Negretti, T. Calarco, Z. Idziaszek and P. S. Julienne, Rev. Mod. Phys. 91, 035001 (2019).


  • A PhD in experimental physics or physical chemistry;
  • proven excellence in experimental skills in an atomic physics lab;
  • experience with supervision master and PhD students;
  • excellent English and oral and written communication skills.


Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week, starting asap for the duration of 1 year (with possible extension of 1 year depending on performance).      

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,709 to €4,274 (scale 10) gross per month, based on full-time employment (38 hours a week). These amounts are exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

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