PhD in tailoring SPM probes for nanomagnetic characterization and manipulation (V34.2876)

PhD in tailoring SPM probes for nanomagnetic characterization and manipulation

The project relates to the development of novel methods for scanning probe microscopy. We offer a PhD position on tailoring and functionalization of probes used in scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy for nanomagnetic systems. Key to the project will be the use of especially engineered nanostructured/multilayered thin film probes. Objective is to realize 1) nanotailored magnetic probes with additional functionality and control; 2) switchable sensing of magnetic nanostructures; 3) a selective manipulation of the magnetic state of these nanostructures using the new probes.
Department of Applied Physics
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Job description

Background :
Future development of data storage systems, signal processors, sensors, or methods of sophisticated diagnostics requires magnetic objects with sizes reduced down to the nanometer scale. Therefore, breakthroughs in nanomagnetic characterization and manipulation of such objects will be of great interest. Based on the principles of magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy (SP-STM), we introduce new MFM and SP-STM nanostructured probes with extra functionality providing switchable magnetic sensing and selective magnetic manipulation.

Academic environment: 
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is one of Europe’s top technological universities, situated in the heart of one of Europe’s largest high-tech innovation ecosystems. Research at TU/e is characterized by a combination of academic excellence and a strong real-world impact. This impact is often obtained via close collaboration with high-tech industries.  

The project:
Within the framework of this project we propose to implement a new type of nanostructured probes in MFM and SP-STM. Contrary to conventional MFM or SP-STM probes, the magnetic state of new probes can be controlled during MFM/STM scanning. This approach will result in switchable and adaptive magnetic sensing. Besides, these nanostructured probes can be used to manipulate the magnetic state of the selected nano-objects. It is implied that Ph.D. candidate will play a main role in fabrication, characterization, testing and implementation of the new probes. The fabrication of the probes will be carried out by combining use of an UHV multi-target deposition system and focused ion beam (FIB) lithography. Magnetic properties of the probes will be characterized with various types of magnetometers (SQUID, VSM, MOKE and SEMPA). The demonstration of new functionality of the probes will be done with MFM and STM specially modified for this type of probes. It is expected that the Ph.D. candidate will realize various algorithms of MFM/STM operation as well as provide a correct interpretation of the data obtained by him/her on the experiment and in calculations. Skills in the designing and realizing mini-, micro- and nanosystems are welcomed.

Job requirements

We are looking for candidates who

  • has a MSc degree in material science, experimental solid state physics, or a related discipline;
  • can bridge the distance between advanced fundamental concepts and theories on the one hand and practical implementation and evaluation of these concepts on the other hand;
  • is able to combine several experimental techniques in one research project;
  • can perform own research and design with an experimental set-up;
  • has excellent multidisciplinary team-working and communication skills.

Conditions of employment

We offer:

  • a full-time temporary appointment for a period of 4 years, with an intermediate evaluation after 12 months
  • a gross salary of € 2191 per month in the first year increasing up to € 2801 per month in the fourth year
  • a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% (annually)
  • excellent technical infrastructure, holiday savings schemes, and sports facilities.
  • university courses for personal & professional development.
  • support for your personal development and career planning including participation in the EIT, doctoral training, courses, summer schools, conference visits, research visits to other institutes (both academic and industrial), etc.
  • a broad package of fringe benefits (including excellent technical infrastructure, child day care, savings schemes and excellent sport facilities). 

Information and application

For more information about the advertised position please contact: Dr. Oleg Kurnosikov or  Prof. Bert Koopmans, For information concerning employment conditions you can contact Mrs. Karin Jansen,

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