Postdoctoral position in multidimensional coherent spectroscopy

Experimental Postdoctoral Position in Multidimensional Coherent Spectroscopy at The University of Michigan

The Project

The experimental research project is focused on using optical multidimensional coherent spectroscopy, primarily 2D spectroscopy, at visible wavelengths to study colloidal nanoplatelets, both as-grown and in microcavities. Measurements will be made at low temperatures by using a glass-forming liquid as a solvent. Initial studies will be performed using an existing crossed-beam apparatus,1 which has been used to study colloidal quantum dots.2 A new apparatus using a fully collinear geometry has been ordered and will be used to study the microcavities, including the wavevector dependence.3 Samples will be synthesized by collaborators at the University of Rochester. The post-doc will be responsible for loading sample cells for use in a cryostat, performing the spectroscopic measurements, interpreting the results and preparing publications and presentations. The project is a collaboration with the group of Prof. Todd Krauss at the University of Rochester and funded by the US Department of Energy.

The Team

The position is in the research group run by Prof. Steven Cundiff in the Department of Physics at the University of Michigan. The Cundiff group uses several implementations of multidimensional coherent spectroscopy to study a physical systems ranging from atomic vapors to 2D semiconductors.


The position is at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Located in the upper Midwest of the US, close the Great Lakes, Ann Arbor is an excellent place to live.

Candidate Requirements

A PhD in Physics, Applied Physics, Chemistry or a closely related field is required. Completion of requirements to receive a degree is acceptable. Candidates with experience in ultrafast spectroscopy are preferred, however all candidates with strong aptitude for and background in experimental science will be considered. The position is available immediately.


If you are interested in the position, please send a cover letter, including the names of three references, to Prof. Steven Cundiff via e-mail at Review of applications will begin August 15, 2022.

1 A. D. Bristow, D. Karaiskaj, X. Dai, T. Zhang, C. Carlsson, K. R. Hagen, R. Jimenez, and S. T. Cundiff, “A versatile ultrastable platform for optical multidimensional Fourier-transform spectroscopy,” Rev. Sci. Instr. 80, 73108 (2009). 2 A. Liu, D. B. Almeida, W. K. Bae, L. A. Padilha, and S. T. Cundiff, “Non-Markovian Exciton-Phonon Interactions in Core-Shell Colloidal Quantum Dots at Femtosecond Timescales,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 57403 (2019). 3 T. M. Autry, G. Nardin, C. L. Smallwood, K. Silverman, D. Bajoni, A. Lemaı̂tre, S. Bouchoule, J. Bloch, and S. Cundiff, “Excitation Ladder of Cavity Polaritons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 67403 (2020).

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