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PhD Candidate for Characterisation of Atomic-scale Charge and Magnetic Order in Novel 2D Materials

As a PhD candidate, you will investigate atomic-scale magnetic order in different quantum phases of novel 2D materials. Since the discovery of graphene, a …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Houtlaan, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Salarisindicatie:
€ 3061 - € 3061 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

As a PhD candidate, you will investigate atomic-scale magnetic order in different quantum phases of novel 2D materials. Since the discovery of graphene, a non-magnetic, semi-metallic 2D material, the search has been going on for 2D semiconducting and magnetic materials. Recently, 2D ferromagnetism was reported within a single layer of semiconducting or insulating materials, for example in transition metal halides (1,2). However, the atomic-scale magnetic order and the role of electron correlations in these materials classes are barely understood.

You will investigate the atomic-scale magnetic order along with the geometric structure in novel 2D magnetic materials. You will use various STM and AFM methods, in particular the worldwide unique combination of SP-STM and magnetic exchange force microscopy (called SPEX) that we have recently developed in our department (3,4). You will join a young and innovative team of experienced researchers and technicians and work within cutting-edge UHV-based cryogenic SPM facilities, and perform high-precision spectroscopic and magnetic measurements. You will carry out experiments, both independently and in a team.

(1)Gong C., et al., Nature 546, 265-269 (2017).
(2)Huang B., et al., Nature 546, 270-273 (2017).
(3)N. Hauptmann et al., Nano Lett. 17, 5660-5665 (2017).
(4)N. Hauptmann et al., Nature Communications 11, 1197 (2020).

Functie-eisen

  • A Master's degree in physics, including a properly written thesis on an experimental fundamental research topic.
  • Experience in low-temperature scanning probe microscopy.
  • Good communication skills in spoken and written English.
  • You are open to further develop your skills to communicate your results by writing manuscripts and giving presentations at international conferences.

Conditions

  • Employment: 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,395 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,061 from the fourth year (salary scale P).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: 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 (4 year contract).
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2021.
  • Your education task may be up to 10% of your appointment.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Dr. Nadine Hauptmann, Assistant Professor
Tel.: +31 24 365 31 83
Email: n.hauptmann@science.ru.nl

J. van Dijk-Janssen, Secretary
Tel.: +31 24 365 21 21
Email: joyce.vandijk@ru.nl