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Research assistant Quantum Gases & Quantum Information

Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics

Research assistant Quantum Gases & Quantum Information
Publicatiedatum 4 februari 2020
Sluitingsdatum 1 september 2020
Opleidingsniveau Master's degree
Functieomvang 32 to 38 hours per week
Salarisindicatie €2,709 to €4,274 gross per month
Vacaturenummer 20-065

We are reinforcing our research support team and are currently looking for a research assistant with complementary skills, experience and enthusiasm. The present vacancy seeks to find a suitable research assistant to support our QG&QI team.

What are you going to do?

This position is an important part of our strategy for maintaining the excellent quality of our research by providing continuity and expertise at a high level.

You should feel an authority in particular key areas and an all-rounder in others. A key aspect will be to provide hands-on support in the lab to research being carried out by MSc students, PhD- and postdoctoral-researchers in the QG&QI, QMat and SM research clusters. You will play an important role in the QG&QI research cluster, for example building new laser systems, helping new students master our ultracold atom experimental setups, and maintaining the infrastructure of the ultracold atom laboratories. Beyond these specialist skills, you will gain experience and expertise with a broad range of available research equipment and also be co-responsible for ensuring a safe working environment for all users of the labs.

As member of the IoP-WZI’s team of three full-time research assistants you will:

  • play a key role in liaising within the faculty and beyond. For example, with the faculty’s machine- and electronics- workshops, but also with the NanoLab Amsterdam cleanroom facility situated in the neighboring NWO-institute AMOLF;
  • develop deep-rooted expertise with and maintenance of WZI’s research facilities and software packages;
  • be able to act as advisor and expert consultant in areas such as laser systems, materials preparation & characterization and ultra-high vacuum technology;
  • be responsible for and coordinate the use of research infrastructure that is shared between the lab’s research clusters.

Furthermore, you enjoy sharing your knowledge and expertise with our diverse community of students and early-career researchers, as well as participating in outreach activities such as open days. You feel at home in scientific group meetings and seminars and will equally enjoy acting as effective sparring partner, supporting young researchers with creative advice and hands-on support in their experiments.

What do we require?

We are looking for you if you have:

  • a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field;
  • a passion for physics, technology and science;
  • the ability to quickly process and apply new knowledge and approaches in practice;
  • a pro-active personality and a true troubleshooter mentality;
  • demonstrable experience of laser systems and optics and/or experience gained in a research setting in atomic, molecular and optical physics;
  • knowledge and experience of automation and laboratory management is an advantage.

Science is international, and so is the IoP-WZI. Therefore, excellent command of English is a must, and if necessary we will facilitate your learning of Dutch.

Our offer

You will initially be appointed on a one-year contract, with the possibility of transition to a permanent appointment at the end of this period.

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 favorable 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.

About the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Institute of Physics (IoP) is located in the center of the Amsterdam Science Park. The IoP – as part of the Faculty of Science –is housed in a modern building with excellent labs and technical facilities. Surrounded by several national research institutes and with our partners at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the institute is part of a strong physics center of international standing.

The Van der Waals - Zeeman Institute for Experimental Physics (IoP-WZI) is part of the IoP and home to three research clusters: Quantum Gases & Quantum Information (QG&QI), Quantum Materials (QMat), and Soft Matter (SM). Our research focuses on the emergent properties of complex matter both in a quantum and classical physics setting.


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Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your CV and cover letter by 1 september 2020. You may apply online by using the link below.

Please include in your application a cover letter with an explicit and well-motivated description of why you fit the profile, as well as an extensive CV that includes the names and contact details of 2-3 references. #LI-POST

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