PhD position on room-temperature single-molecule transistors: The work involves transport measurements through a variety of (bio-)molecules, while being in solution (including water). Target molecules include molecular switches, DNA, amino acids and proteins. You will measure their transport properties at room temperatures; fabrication of devices and data analysis will be important aspects of the work. Demonstrating molecular functionality (i.e., conductance changes while modifying the environment by i.e. chemical means or by shining light on the molecules) and understanding the transport mechanisms are the main aims of this project. Unprecendented results are expected as they would constitute the first measurement of these effects on the single-molecule level.

PhD and a two-year Postdoc position on thermoelectric effects in single-molecule devices: These positions are part of a collaborative European project and is about single-molecule thermoelectric devices. The idea is that the ability to exploit quantum interference in molecules will enable new thermoelectric materials and devices so that energy can be scavenged with unprecedented efficiency. Work involves fabrication of the devices in the state-of-the art clean room at Delft and performing measurements in avariety of different set-ups to gain as much knowledge as possible. There will be regular meetings with the other partners in the network (including chemists and theorists).

Excellent candidates with a background in physics or nanoscience are invited to send their applications to Prof. Dr. Herre van der Zant ( More information including recent papers can be found on the website: