Assistant Professor in Plasma Theory and Modelling for EUV Nanolithography

VU University of Amsterdam Department of Physics and Astronomy

At the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam there is an opening for a Tenure-track/Assistant professor position on:

Plasma Theory & Modelling for EUV Nanolithography.

Are you interested?
Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


FTE: 1 

Job description

You will work as tenure-track group leader at the research institute ARCNL. You will focus on developing and employing analytical and numerical modelling of hot and dense plasma, the ultimate goal being to develop a truly predictive toolkit to guide the design of next-generation’s laser-driven plasma EUV light sources. Your new plasma theory & modelling group will sit at the heart of ARCNL’s Source Department, interacting with its experimental groups and exchanging learnings. This will provide valuable insights to the experimental groups and at the same time enables the prerequisite benchmarking and validation of the modelling efforts.

Your group will be housed at ARCNL and will collaborate with other research groups at the center. The successful candidate can make use of its facilities as well as the Dutch national e-infrastructure (LISA/Cartesius computer cluster). It is envisaged that you will employ, combine, and further develop existing state-of-the-art atomic data and radiation-hydrodynamics codes.

As a tenure-track assistant professor/ group leader, you will:

  • receive a competitive start-up package
  • initiate a novel research program in modelling for EUV plasma sources
  • direct your team members and coordinate the theory efforts within the ARCNL Source department
  • take part in the teaching at Faculty of Science at VU
  • realize publications in high-quality international journals
  • present your work at conferences and research institutes in the Netherlands and abroad
  • collaborate with the other research groups at ARCNL, in particular those working on laser-produced plasma sources of EUV light
  • establish and maintain a close collaboration with ASML research
  • develop and maintain external national and international relations
  • acquire national and international financial support
  • take part in management tasks at ARCNL and VU-physics


Ph.D. degree and with further research experience in a relevant field of research. You are especially encouraged to apply if you have a strong physics background related to one or more of the following fields:

  • The physics of high(-energy) density plasma
  • Plasma processes at the atomic scale including the physics of highly charged ions
  • Plasma radiation-hydrodynamics modelling

What are we offering?

The position will be filled at the level of Assistant professor (Tenure track) at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. The tenure track agreement will initially be on a temporary basis for a period of 5 years. The position may become permanent after five years at a higher level if the candidate is successful. Criteria that have to be met include success in research, publication, funding acquisition, education and management (+benefit/outreach towards our partner ASML). Details of the criteria will be mutually agreed upon before the appointment. A challenging position in a socially involved organization. Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly starting salary will range from €3,746 to €5,826 depending on expertise and previous experience (salary scale 11–12). The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment,
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus,
  • solid pension scheme (ABP),
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

The Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities is applicable. A favourable tax agreement, the 30% ruling, may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.


We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.


The Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) focuses on the fundamental physics and chemistry involved in current and future key technologies in nanolithography, primarily for the semiconductor industry. ARCNL is a public-private partnership between the Dutch Research Council (NWO), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and the semiconductor equipment manufacturer ASML. ARCNL is located at the Amsterdam Science Park, The Netherlands, and has a size of approximately 100 scientists and support staff. See also


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your application letter, a motivation letter, curriculum vitae (CV), research proposal (maximum 6 pages), list of publications and names of 3 references. and cover letter. The final application date is April 15, 2021.

Online screening may be part of the selection.
Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Dr. Oscar Versolato
Position: Department Head “Source” at ARCNL

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