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PhD E-field gating interlayer exchange coupling; tuning a magnetic quantum well

Research / Academic
Eindhoven
The main subject of research is to experimentally explore electric field control of magnetization for future data and logic applications.

Research

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated experimental physics candidate with extensive experimental drive and creativity to investigate electric field controlled magnetization coupling. This project will pave the way towards integrating E-controlled magnetism for future data storage and logic technologies.

We aim to achieve electric field control features in perpendicularly magnetized systems by manipulating spin-dependent quantum well states: the so-called RKKY interlayer exchange coupling. We will explore the possibility to carefully tune this interlayer exchange coupling using advanced multilayer engineering using direct gating and ionic liquids. We will study the complex magnetization switching behaviour of nano-magnetic devices under this combined mechanism.

The expected results include (I) develop engineered perpendicular devices with advanced control of anisotropy and interlayer exchange coupling, (II) proof-of-principle of E-control of interlayer coupling and (III) device implementation, optimization and switching of gated multi-layered structures.

Requirements:

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 (https://magnefi.c2n.u-psud.fr/?page_id=125).

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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