You are a highly motivated PhD candidate who can work well with our team of international scientists in our state-of-the-art laboratories at the scanning probe department (SPM) of the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM), Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands). You will work in the brand new ultra-quiet SPIN lab, as well as state of the art of cryogenic, spin-polarized STMs which operate in magnetic fields.
In recent years, it has been shown that scanning-tunneling microscopy at ultra-low temperatures and high magnetic fields can be used to detect the magnetic properties of single atoms on surfaces [1-7]. By combining this technique with atomic-scale manipulation, we have shown examples of how one can tailor single-atom magnets [4,6] as well as functional devices such as all-spin logic , by utilizing the so-called ’spin workbench’ technique. The spin workbench allows for novel explorations of a variety of physical problems by combining spin sensing and magnetic design at the single atom level.
This project focuses on the experimental investigation of how single magnetic atoms and magnetically ordered structures interact with novel quantum materials like 2D materials and superconductors. These studies will be pursued using low-temperature spin-resolved scanning tunneling spectroscopy combined with atomic-scale manipulation, in magnetic fields. You will learn how to operate a UHV-SPM facility and you will be expected to communicate your results in the form of writing manuscripts and to present at international conferences.  A.A.K., et al., PRL, 106, 037205 (2011);  A. J. Heinrich, et al., Science, 306, 466 (2004);  A.A.K, et al., Nature, 467, 1084 (2010);  A.A.K., et al., Nature Physics, 8, 497 (2012)  A.A.K., et al., Science, 332, 1062 (2011),  A.A.K., et al., Science, 339, 55 (2013),  A.A.K., et al., PRL, 111, 126804 (2013).
- you will be expected to carry out experiments and be able to work both independently and in a team, as well as participate in department and institute activities;
- you must hold a degree equivalent to a Master’s degree in physics and have written a proper Master’s thesis; preference will be given to candidates with experimental experience;
- experience in either scanning-tunneling spectroscopy, preparation/analysis of surfaces in ultra-high vacuum, and/or very low-temperature physics will be strongly preferred;
- you will learn how to operate a UHV-SPM facility, and you will be expected to communicate your results in the form of writing manuscripts and to present at international conferences;
- you will be expected to be knowledgeable about trending scientific literature and to learn proper data analysis skills and designing skills geared toward SPM research.
you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years
- you will be classified as a PhD candidate in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO).
the gross starting salary amounts to €2,222 per month, and will increase to €2,840 in the fourth year
Prof. Dr. Alexander Ako Khajetoorians
Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities.
Faculty of Science
The scanning probe microscopy (SPM) department is an interdisciplinary research department comprised of many scientists and students who utilize SPM techniques to study problems ranging from fundamental physics to chemistry. Our department hosts state-of-the-art SPM facilities ranging from cryogenic STM facilities operating in magnetic fields to liquid STM cells capable of working in synthesized solutions. This allows you to learn a variety of scientific problems across disciplines and interact with many different types of people from various backgrounds. You will work at the scanning probe microscopy department amongst a team of scientists and students from around the world. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to interact with different groups at the IMM, which is an interdisciplinary environment with strong synergy. Students who show strong English skills and interpersonal skills will therefore be able to maximize their opportunities and success.
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