PhD Position in Optical Spectroscopy of Quantum Nanomaterials at the Single Photon/Phonon Level
ETH Zurich Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences

PhD Position in Optical Spectroscopy of Quantum Nanomaterials at the Single Photon/Phonon Level

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

A PhD position is available in the Functional Inorganic Material group (Kovalenko lab) at ETH Zurich (Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences).

Job description

The research activities involve comprehensive characterization of new perovskite-based nanomaterials, in the form of single quantum dots or superlattices, their optoelectronic properties and the development of a new generation of nanomaterial-based nanophotonic devices that operate down to the single-photon level.

State-of-the-art optical characterization methods including micro-photoluminescence experiments will be employed to characterize the optical properties of single quantum dots and the statistics of the emitted photons. Ab-initio (DFT) molecular-dynamic simulations will be used to guide and interpret the experimental results. 

Your profile

  • A relevant MSc degree (e.g., in chemistry, physics, or engineering) with outstanding grades
  • Solid background in spectroscopy and data analysis (via Matlab, Python, etc.)
  • Basic knowledge of quantum properties of light
  • Previous experience with semiconductor quantum dots and computational chemistry (e.g. DFT, molecular dynamics) as well as advanced programming skills will be beneficial
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Enjoy working on international research projects

We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents:

  • a motivational letter
  • a CV
  • 2-3 recommendation letters (preferably sent by the referees)
  • transcripts

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Questions regarding the position should be directed to  Dr Gabriele Rainò ( and Prof. Maksym Kovalenko (

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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