This PhD position is embedded in a European Innovative Training Network (ITN) named COMRAD (www.comrad-etn.eu). It will explore novel routes for the fastest possible and least dissipative magnetic switching in random access devices by bringing together the two disciplines of ultrafast magnetism and spinorbitronics, creating sub-100 ps stimuli in spinorbitronics and pushing the latter into a regime beyond the limitations of equilibrium thermodynamics. The ambition of COMRAD is to train PhDs in such a way that they gain a broad understanding of the challenges in the entire process of emergence and development of opto-magnetic data storage, from fundamental research to device and failure analysis. The present position for a PhD student (Early-Stage Researchers, ESR9), will be implemented in the Group Physics of Nanostructures (www.spintronics.nl) at TU/e.
This project is bridging spintronics with femtomagnetism, exploiting the group’s expertise in this novel, hybrid research area. The ESR will design and grow his/her own multilayer samples using our NanoAccess facility and will perform fs pump-probe magneto-optical studies. Experiments will encompass the use of optically-excited femtosecond spin currents and all-optical switching to investigate the role of spin-orbit phenomena such as the spin-Hall effect and the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in sub-ps magnetization dynamics. Experiments will be performed on especially engineered multilayer structures, including Pt/Co/Gd ultrathin films. Thus, the ESR will be challenged to explore the ultimate limits of spin-orbit torques, pushing the field to the femtosecond regime. The ESR will do so in close collaboration with several other PhD students in the group working on femtomagnetism and spintronics, covering experimental and theoretical/numerical approaches, as well as several partners in the ITN network. Secondments at partner institutes and companies will be facilitated
The candidate should hold a recently (<1 year) obtained Master of Science or equivalent degree in experimental physics with a preferred specialization in condensed matter or related topics in (applied) physics. Experience in the field of nanomagnetism, magneto-optics and/or spintronics is appreciated.
Candidates are recommended to apply via the COMRAD website (https://comrad-etn.eu/jobs/) highlighting their (first) preference for the position in Eindhoven (ESR9). Deadline for application is September 1st 2020, but the first interviews will start once a sufficient number of qualified candidates has applied.
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