PhD: All-optical magnetic switching and photonic circuit integration

Research / Academic
The main subject of research is to experimentally explore All Optical Magnetic Switching and photonic circuit integration for future data and logic applications.


In this project, we will use deterministic all-optical switching by single fs laser pulses to reverse the magnetic state of ferromagnetic systems that are relevant for state-of-the art spintronics. The all-optical approach allows for ultrafast (sub-ps) and energy efficient (demonstrated 50 fJ per 50 x 50 nm2 area) routes for optical control. First we will engineer layered structures that display strong DMI and SOT and demonstrate all-optical control and current-induced domain wall motion in one device. All-optical switching will be implemented in nanowires structured on top of a photonic waveguide, which is considered a unique building block for future magneto-photonic integrated circuits. We will also perform experiments on all-optical switching of one of the two magnetic layers in a MTJ, and measure induced electrical (current/voltage) effects either directly (using fast electronics) or indirectly (using excited spin dynamics).

This project will be carried out in the group Physics of Nanostructure at the department of Applied Physics of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).


For this function we are looking for a talented and highly motivated experimental physics candidate with extensive experimental expertise to understand and tune magnetic interactions. The candidate should hold a recently (<1 year) obtained Master of Science when staring the position or equivalent degree in experimental physics. Experience in the field of nanomagnetism/spintronics and/or device-oriented condensed matter physics is mandatory. Candidates must prove a strong attitude towards experimental physics and the drive and capacity to tackle different aspects of a complex problem with large independence. The position is for four years and is embedded in the Marie Curie - European Train Network program MagnEFi ( 

The candidate must not have been employed in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 36 months preceding the start date of the PhD.

Salary Benefits:

  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating internationally renowned research environment;
  • full-time temporary appointment for 4 years;
  • gross salary between € 2.325,00 per month (first year) and € 2.972,00 per month (last year);
  • Additionally, 8% holiday and 8.3% end-of-year annual supplements;
  • an extensive package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, the possibility of child care and excellent sports facilities).

The candidate must not have been employed in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 36 months preceding the start date of the PhD.
Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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