The National Research Council Canada, Security and Disruptive Technologies Research Centre

Fellowship ID:The National Research Council Canada-Security and Disruptive Technologies Research Centre-PDF [#18123, 11453]
Fellowship Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship: Linking Van der Waals physics with strong-field photonics
Fellowship Type:Postdoctoral
Location:Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6, Canada
Subject Areas: Physics / Materials Science, Materials Sciences, Physics
Appl Deadline:2021/03/19 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/02/12, listed until 2021/03/19)

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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Linking Van der Waals physics with strong-field photonics

City: Ottawa
Organizational Unit: Security and Disruptive Technologies
Classification: RO
Tenure: Term
Duration: 2 Years
Language Requirements: English

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At NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system.

NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially.

The Program
The NRC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program offers PDFs access to unique world-class facilities and the opportunity to work alongside multi-disciplinary teams of expert researchers and technicians on projects of critical importance to Canada. PDFs will carry out research on innovative research projects, with opportunities for career development (publications and/or industry interaction).

PDFs will be offered appointments to the staff of the National Research Council on a term basis and will be offered salaries and benefits currently available to Research Officers. Salaries commensurate with experience are taxable and subject to other deductions. As a guide, the current annual PDF recruiting rate is $73,133. In addition PDFs will be allocated a travel fund to support their work.

Project Title

Linking Van der Waals physics with strong-field photonics

Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals materials and heterostructures exhibit the most intriguing phenomena of the “quantum era”, and are already revolutionizing electronics, energy storage and functional materials. Although most of the science uncovered thus far relies on static transport measurements and linear optical probes, laser-driven high-field nonlinearities have recently been discovered through measurements of attosecond-fast currents and transport, and through the emission of high-order visible and ultraviolet harmonics of the driving laser frequency. The understanding of the underlying interaction is at its infancy: the role of laser-driven electron’s and hole’s trajectories that are the staple of strong-field, or “attosecond”, science has been largely neglected. Such trajectories are instrumental to unravel attosecond nonlinearities and to film molecular reactions.

Your Challenge
The successful candidate’s research aims at bringing the trajectory representation front and center thus adding a new dynamical dimension to van der Waals physics. The acquired knowledge will allow, among other things, all-optical quantum imaging of the materials’ properties, such as band structures and Berry curvature (the heart of topological physics, Nobel Prize 2016), and the development of dynamical capabilities for 2D electronics.

PhD in Physics or material science, or a relevant Engineering field.

For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency

Experience in one (or more) of the following areas (or related fields): attosecond photonics, ultrafast light-matter interactions, nonlinear optics, ultrafast lasers, van der Waals material, van der Waals heterostructures, solid-state physics.

The candidate is expected to work in a highly collaborative research environment.

Language requirements

Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Condition of Employment
Reliability Status

Who is eligible?

• Fellowships will be for two years contingent on satisfactory progress achieved during the first year.
• Candidates should have obtained a PhD (or equivalent) within the past three years (PhD received on or after July 1, 2018) or expect to complete their PhD within 6 months of appointment.
• Fellows will work in a lab under the direct supervision of an NRC researcher.
Although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents, Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries. The offer of a Fellowship does not ensure foreign nationals Permanent Residency in Canada. Non-Canadian candidates should apply for non-immigrant status (i.e. temporary status) and an employment visa.  For further information, please contact the closest Canadian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in your area.

Application Requirements
In order to be considered for the program please include the following in your application, please note that you will need to attach the required documents as per the list below when submitting your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.

• Resume
• Statement of Interest in the project (maximum one page in length)
• PhD Transcript - an electronic copy is sufficient, it does not have to be an official version.
• List of Publications
When submitting your application you can include the required documents in any attachment field such as «Second language evaluation results» or «Other attachments»

In addition, applicants who best meet the requirements of the position will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation at a later stage of the competition process.

Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.

Salary Range

From $56,374 to $159,364 per annum.

The Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience.

• NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
• Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries, although preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
• The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
• We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (11453) to:

Telephone: 613-299-4639

Closing Date: 19 March 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time

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