Open positions

PhD student position on coherent spin dynamics

We currently have openings for a PhD student in our group. You be working on fascinating research that builds upon our recent achievements in coherent spin dynamics and ESR-STM. See below for details.


STM allows for the study of magnetism on the smallest scale: the scale of individual atoms. In recent years, ESR-STM dramatically expanded possibilities by enabling quantum coherent spin manipulation in such atoms. Building further on this framework, our group developed unique methodology to trace the free time evolution of coupled spins using a combination of ESR-STM and very fast DC pulses. This methodology forms the basis for future research on the coherent quantum dynamics of extended spin systems, such as 2D lattices and atomic scale quantum information devices. We are currently also expanding our activities in the direction of hyperfine interactions (i.e. nuclear spin manipulation and readout) and non-contact atomic force microscopy (AFM).

Job description / requirements

You will work on a dedicated research project expanding on our latest results. The exact project can be discussed and might evolve as the rapidly expanding field develops. As such, you will be given a lot of freedom in shaping your PhD thesis.

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with an MSc degree in physics or a closely related field. Knowledge of quantum mechanics and solid state physics is highly valued. General experience with experimental physics is preferred, but prior experience with specific techniques such as STM is not required.

The contract will be for 4 years with an official go/no go assessment after the first year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The application will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found.

About our group

We are a focused research group operating two low temperature (1K or below) STM systems equipped with superconducting magnets. We recently upgraded both systems to be compatible with GHz-range radio frequency (RF) signals, bringing them to a state-of-the-art level. In addition, we have acquired high-end RF equipment including a sub-nanosecond arbitrary waveform generator.

The Otte Lab is part of the department of Quantum Nanoscience in the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology. Delft is a lively university town close to larger cities as The Hague and Rotterdam (both ~15 minutes by train) and with Amsterdam within about an hour train distance.

How to apply

In order to apply, please send your CV along with a motivation letter to

BSc / MSc students

Our group always has (limited) availability for graduation projects. If you are looking for a bachelor or master project, feel free to contact any of our group members for information.