PhD student in theoretical atomic-scale optics of nanostructures


FZU – Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences is a leading public research institution located in Prague, Czechia. FZU is the largest institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences with more than 1100 employees. FZU pursues high-quality, innovative, and ground-breaking fundamental and applied research. Our researchers try to understand and explain the basic phenomena and processes of this world and respond to the current scientific and technical challenges of society.


We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated PhD candidate for the Light and matter theory group at the Institute of Physics (FZU) of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Prague.

The successful candidate (m/f/d) will join a recently established research team led by Tomáš Neuman that investigates atomic-scale optical properties of molecules and low-dimensional materials, particularly in the context of scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy.

What you will do:

  • Investigate transport and optical properties of nanomaterials (2D materials, molecules…)
  • Integrate results of ab-initio calculations into models addressing light-matter interaction in atomic-scale optical environments (light emission in scanning tunneling microscopy – STML, tip-enhanced photoluminescence – TEPL, and beyond)
  • Develop models to address the dynamics of electron transport, excitons, and photons in atomic-scale optical environments (e.g., quantum master equation, Lindblad formalism)
  • Participate in group meetings, preparation of manuscripts, and dissemination of results at conferences
  • Work in an international environment in the heart of Europe and collaborate with our international partners in Europe and beyond

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in physics, chemistry, or related field
  • Creative thinking and proactive problem-solving 
  • Eager to learn and share knowledge
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)

Beneficial qualifications:

  • Experience with methods to address excitations in nanomaterials (Quantum chemistry or computational solid-state physics software)
  • Knowledge of the theory of plasmonics and nanophotonics and the methods used therein
  • Modelling of scanning-tunneling microscopy and related phenomena

Terms of employment:

  • Start of employment as soon as possible, depending on the availability of the applicant
  • Full-time job with flexible hours, extended vacations, work from home, and a wide range of other benefits
  • 1-year contract with possible extension

Application procedure:

  • Interested candidates are invited to apply by sending a CV and a motivation letter, including a publication record to Monika Svobodová at monika [dot] svobodova [at] fzu [dot] cz (monika[dot]svobodova[at]fzu[dot]cz).
  • For further information please contact the Head of Working Group Dr. Tomáš Neuman at neuman [at] fzu [dot] cz (neuman[at]fzu[dot]cz).