The Caldwell Infrared Nanophotonic Materials and Devices Laboratory is focused on employing novel spectroscopic methods, identification of new or modified materials and structures and nanophotonic concepts towards advancing the infrastructure available for infrared optics and components. This extends to applications such as thermal imaging, chemical and biological sensing and on-chip photonics. We are seeking a postdoctoral candidate who can help us push the boundaries of these fields and bring new concepts and fields of research, especially in the field of controlling and manipulating thermal radiation.
The successful candidate will assist in leading cutting edge research projects focused on manipulating and controlling thermal radiation for several purposes. First, nanophotonic concepts will be employed for realizing polarized, spatially and spectrally coherent thermal emitters in the mid- to long-wave infrared. Second, similar concepts will be employed for manipulating thermal dissipation within all-solid state systems using near-field radiative heat transfer concepts. And finally, the candidate will be required to employ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), FTIR microscopy, nano-FTIR and scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy towards achieving these goals. Further, use of commercial simulation software for modeling these behaviors and assistance in the day to day maintenance of the lab equipment and students is also needed.
Desired Qualifications: We are looking for a highly motivated, focused candidate, with a strong work ethic, excellent technical and teamworking skills, and strong track record of publication of their research. Candidates should hold a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, or a related discipline. We’re a highly interdisciplinary team, so the successful candidate must be self-motivated and able to integrate them well within the team and our broader collaborative network.
The candidate will interact with faculty, mentor students, and work directly with Prof. Josh Caldwell, who is committed to mentoring and facilitating career development, be it in academia or industry. The following skills are highly desirable:
- proficiency in advanced techniques using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, infrared laser-based spectroscopy and/or infrared optics and device design
- proficiency in electromagnetic modeling of polaritonic and nanophotonic devices
- proficiency with nanofabrication desired
- experience with infrared nano-optic probes (e.g. nano-FTIR, s-SNOM), infrared detector or source design are a beneficial but not required
The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance. The expectation is for the successful candidate to remain for a minimum of 2 years.
Institutional Information: Vanderbilt University is a private, internationally recognized research university located in Nashville, Tennessee, which has a metro population of 1.9 million people. The School of Engineering is located adjacent to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, creating a rich environment for interdisciplinary and translational research.