PhD Position opening Fall 2024

PhD Position in Nano-imaging of non-Fourier heat flow

Project Overview:

Efficient heat management is critical for the optimal performance and energy consumption of modern-day electronics. While Fourier’s macroscopic model for heat diffusion has been a valuable tool for homogeneous solids at room temperature, it falls short in describing heat propagation accurately under certain conditions. This PhD project aims to quantitatively investigate scenarios where the Fourier model breaks down and work towards developing a more physically satisfying model of heat propagation. In particular, this project will focus on the phonon viscous hydrodynamic transport regime that has recently attracted considerable interest in the scientific community. It is a regime that is neither ballistic nor diffusive and emerges when quasi-particles interact strongly with each other without loosing momentum.

The goal of this PhD will be to build a very sensitive and local thermometer (based on SQUID technology) so as to map out the temperature distribution at a few tens of nm to look for signatures of this non-Fourier like behaviour.

As a PhD researcher, you will participate in the design, construction and operation of the SQUID based microscope.


Master’s degree in Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, or a related field.
Background in experimental physics or materials science.
Proficiency in at least two of the following: mechanics, electronics, programming and data analysis.
Enthusiasm for instrumentation.

The PhD will be funded for 3 years, starting in Fall 2024 (no later than 01/11/2024).

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Interested candidates should send a CV to arthur.marguerite (arobase)