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PhD on Astronomic black holes on a chip?

PhD on Astronomic black holes on a chip?

Do you want to realize an astronomic black hole on a chip analogue using spin waves, and study it inside out? Apply here!
Applied Physics


This PhD project aims to study and realize black hole event horizon analogues on a chip using the interacting between spin-currents and spin-waves (magnons). The work will mainly be experimental using state of the art deposition of magnetic materials and nanofabrication methods to create unique devices to address the underlying physics questions. Finally, these devices (the chip) will be the playground where we will try to generate the black and white hole event horizon analogues using inductive methods in a dedicated temperature controlled probe station. Realizing these horizons will open up many applications in the field of magnonics as it could pave the path to realize a spin-wave laser. The PhD candidate will work in close collaboration with theory development at the Utrecht University to guide the experiments and perform micromagnetic simulations. The PhD position is embedded in the graduate program of the Applied Physics department at the Eindhoven University of Technology. A large team of
PhD students in the host group Physics of Nanostructures are working on related topics and a collaborative environment is created in which the PhD candidate can optimally develop and broaden his or her expertise.


For this function we are looking for a talented and highly motivated experimental physics candidate that would like to take up this challenge. The candidate should hold a recently
(<1 year) obtained MSc degree when starting the position, aiming for ~September 2021. Experience in the field of nanomagnetism/spintronics and/or device-oriented condensed matter physics is an advantage, but a clear drive and willingness to learn is leading. The position is for four years and follows the VSNU standards for PhD level candidates.


  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months.
  • To develop your teaching skills, you will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will make a Training and Supervision plan and you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the so-called ‘30% facility’, which permits you not to pay tax on 30% of your salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

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Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact Reinoud Lavrijsen, r.lavrijsen[at]

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page.
The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of
    three references.
  • Brief description of your MSc thesis.

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it.
Screening will continue until the position has been filled.

We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.

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