PhD position on room-temperature single-molecule transistors: The work involves the mechanically controlled break junction set-up to measure transport through a variety of molecules, while being in solution (including water). A unique set-up has been built up with electrochemical control over the junction conductance. Target molecules include molecular switches, DNA and other bio-based molecules. 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.

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: