Prof. Dr. J. Aarts

Scientific Director, Leiden Institute of Physics, Leiden University


About the Leiden Institute of Physics

Research at the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) is foundational and curiosity driven. All our scientists share a desire to increase the knowledge of the world around us, in an open atmosphere of inquiry from which innovative ideas emerge that provide applications and value for society.


We study a broad range of systems and phenomena, from cosmic strings to DNA strands, from granular materials to quantum dots and from protein assemblies to socio‐economic networks. Because of this diversity, our institute is characterized by a variety of smaller groups, rather than a by few large and more narrowly focused sub‐departments.

At LION, theory (at the Lorentz Institute) and experiment (in the Huygens-Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory) have a close interaction, with emphasis on the development of novel, world-class instrumentation.

Available projects

We have places for students with CSC scholarships, including the following projects:

  • Early universe cosmology beyond the Standard Model
  • Tuneable strong coupling in an optical microcavity
  • Quantum metrology of two-dimensional superconducting single photon detectors
  • Advanced electron paramagnetic resonance for intrinsically disordered proteins
  • Detecting neutrino oscillations with the KM3NeT telescope
  • Quantitative Superresolution Studies of the Regulation of Stoichiometry in Matrix-Adhesions

Read more projects details in the linked PDF file.

CSC PhD Vacancies

If you are interested in any of the positions please contact Dr. Aarts for an interview. Please include the project title in the message/email.

During the PhD Workshop China Dutch Virtual Event you can contact Dr. Aarts via Skype (username jan.aarts54).

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