About the University
The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character .
It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching , is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education.
It s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.
The Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) contributes multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of Mathematics , Physics , Engineering , Computer Science , Life Sciences and Medicine .
Through its dual mission of teaching and research, the FSTM seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge and train new generations of responsible citizens, in order to better understand, explain and advance society and environment we live in.
The PhD candidate will be a member of the PhyMS department within the FSTM, working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jan Lagerwall.
S / he will be producing Cholesteric Spherical Reflectors (CSRs), spheres of cholesteric liquid crystal, by means of coaxial electrospray and microfluidic techniques.
The CSRs will also be polymerized into solids or liquid crystal / solid composites and incorporated within transparent binder that is then polymerized into a coating.
In addition to making the CSRs and the coatings containing them, the candidate will do an in-depth investigation of the resulting optical properties, in collaboration with a leading theoretical physics partner group.
The overall aim is to identify a procedure that is amenable to massive upscaling of CSR production and controlled deposition within coatings, thereby opening application opportunities in diverse areas, from assisting robotic navigation and search-and-find rescue operations, via augmented reality, to secure authentication for anticounterfeiting purposes and person identification.
While being firmly rooted in soft matter physics and photonics, the project thus branches into engineering, chemistry, machine vision and security research, requiring an interdisciplinary mindset, curiosity and ability to communicate with collaborators with complementary expertise.
You will experience real research, including all the hard work, long hours and failures that it comprises. With the right mindset you will learn from those failures and you will find support in overcoming them, to reach yet greater results by following new unexpected paths, hopefully identified by yourself.
And you will then experience the immense joy of scientific success, celebrated within a coherent and supportive team.
Candidates should submit the following documents :
Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception.