Postdoc position on “Free-Form Scattering Optics”

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TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

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Academic staff - Postdoc

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Postdoc position on “Free-Form Scattering Optics”

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Job description

The research program “Free-form Scattering Optics” (FFSO) strives to gain physical understanding of complex light scattering geometries for applications in green energy, climate change, internet-of-things, sustainability and security. Currently, high-tech industry is developing many novel devices that combine light scattering with free-form optics, such as LED lighting, miniaturized satellites, and metrology equipment for semiconductor industry. Due to a lack of fundamental know-how on the combination of the technologies, devices are designed by educated guesses, which limits progress and applications. Our program unites traditionally distinct technologies with a hierarchy of length scales ranging from the microscopic to the macroscopic. We develop insights, design rules and new architectures for free-form scattering optics to allow breakthroughs in domains described above. The FFSO program is a close collaboration of the TUs of Twente, Eindhoven, and Delft. FFSO directly taps into the strengths of collaborating high-tech industry (ASML, Demcon, Lumileds, Schott, Signify, TNO) and educates a new generation of highly skilled professionals.

In this particular subproject we will look at novel temperature-compensated scattering media and at deterministic scattering media made by direct laser writing.

You will be part of the new Adaptive Quantum Optics chair (AQO) in the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechology, led by prof. Pepijn Pinkse, in collaboration with other members of the FFSO team.


We look for a candidate who has been trained as a physicist or engineer. Expertise in optics is essential and know-how of light scattering and/or nanofabrication techniques, in particular direct laser writing, is a bonus. The candidate should be able to design, perform and analyse experiments. Candidates are proficient in English, are good communicators and team players, and enjoy interdisciplinary collaborations with scientists from high-tech industry.


We offer

  •  Excellent and dynamic environment for researchers within our research institute MESA+ (, an attractive campus and lots of facilities for sports and leisure;
  • You will be appointed for 18-24 months as a postdoc researcher.
  •  Terms of employment in accordance with Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO), include:
  • Gross salary: ranging from € 3.353 to € 4.402 per month, depending on your background, relevant experience and qualifications, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities.
  •  8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus (approximately corresponding to 14 months’ salary per annum); A pension scheme that is part of the world-famous Dutch pension system.

Information and application

Your applications ideally consist of the following documents:

-A motivation letter describing why you want to apply for this position.
-Description of your research interests.
-A detailed CV including a list of your publications
-Email addresses of at least two references who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

For inquiries about this position and our offer you can contact prof. dr. Pepijn Pinkse (

Position localisation

Job location

Nederland, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB


Drienerlolaan 5 7522 NB Enschede

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

6. Doctorate

Scientific area

  • Natural sciences
  • Engineering