ARCNL is looking for a senior scientist as Head of the Materials Department where you will conduct your research in collaboration with the other research groups at the Center. As a department head, you will be a member of ARCNL’s Management Team. You will be employed by the UvA, where you will be appointed as an Associate or Full Professor at the Institute of Physics.
ARCNL’s Materials Department focuses on the evolution and resilience of surface/interfaces under (extreme) conditions, as the performance limits of materials are continuously challenged in novel lithography technology. The atomic-level insight into and control of their properties are fundamental, important scientific problems in the disciplines of physics and chemistry, and simultaneously highly relevant in the cutting-edge nanolithography processes in the deep-UV and EUV lithography tools of the world-leading semiconductor equipment manufacturer ASML. Your and your colleagues’ research in the department therefore forms an important part of the scientific backbone behind continued new developments in the most advanced methods for high-volume production of processor and memory chips.
The Materials Department as it is today spans both experimental and theoretical/modelling activities, and your new research group will bring complementary expertise as well as experienced scientific leadership to the present trio of groups in the department run by enthusiastic, international young group leaders who are all tenure-track faculty members at the University of Amsterdam’s IoP. Their current activities focus on collaborative investigation of the structure, dynamics and mechanical behaviour of surfaces and interfaces in the context of:
The aim of this combination of state-of-the-art experiment coupled to theory and numerical modelling is to deliver deep insight and truly predictive power, so as to guide future materials responses in the shorter term and inspire new materials strategies in the longer term, in order to keep pace with new challenges arising at each cycle of technological development.
ARCNL, the Materials Department and her partner institutions have an open mind as to which concrete research expertise you need to bring so as to make a great fit. The objective is energetic, enjoyable and productive collaborations, yielding highly visible science and promising avenues for ASML to explore further. For example, you could be expert in materials synthesis, imaging techniques (lab or synchrotron-based), in light-matter interaction, electrochemistry or multiscale modelling. We reiterate our openness to other materials-based approaches not mentioned here, so make your argument to us that they are effective and can be up to the challenge.
Naturally, the department and your new group has access to the various facilities at ARCNL which include advanced and high-powered lasers, imaging and metrology systems, as well as thin film deposition, surface science and tribology facilities. Local and national computational resources are on-site in Amsterdam Science Park. The unique partnership structure of ARCNL means that – besides strong connections with ASML Research (in Veldhoven in the southern part of the Netherlands), your group is also very welcome at the NanoLab at our neighboring institute AMOLF as well as feeling completely at home in the labs and theory activities of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), which span both the IoP and HIMS – the chemistry research institute. Should your research benefit from connections within the physics department of the VU University, or the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials in Groningen, both of these are easy to arrange.
The ideal candidate has a strong academic track record, proven leadership, mentoring and communication skills. The Head of Department plays a key role in representing the Materials activities at ARCNL and has a leadership role in the ongoing alignment activities with ASML Research. You will also act as an advisor/mentor within the department, for example in terms of research directions of the whole team, supervision of junior researchers and grant acquisition.
International research experience is preferred, as is a highly collaborative and enthusiastic approach.