PhD position in magnetization dynamics
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Ultrafast magnetization dynamics on the femtosecond timescale
A 4-year PhD studentship is available in the division for Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics, at the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The division hosts thirty scientists and Ph. D. students, working in different areas centered on molecular and condensed matter physics. We offer leading-edge projects, state-of-the-art equipment, and excellent working conditions.
The understanding of magnetic properties is crucial for much of today’s technology. Magnetism is also one of the profile areas of the Ångström lab and gathers more than 50 scientists. In our division we have specialized in methods based on X-ray techniques (e.g. X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism – XMCD), which gives information with atomic specificity, to investigate magnetic phenomena.
You will join us in performing experiments in order to develop an understanding of how the magnetic properties changes on very short time-scales, down to the femtosecond (10-15 seconds) level with atomic information.
The experiments will be carried out at the HELIOS High Harmonic Generation (HHG) source, where we will conduct time-resolved experiments. Both HELIOS and the experimental setup used for experiments have been developed in house.
In recent months a breakthrough in HHG generation has been observed where not only linear polarization was created, but also circular polarization. This opens up the possibility to perform XMCD-like studies using also an HHG source. During your Ph. D. studies you will also be given the opportunity to implement circularly polarized XUV photons at the HELIOS facility. You will also participate in complementary measurements using the XMCD technique at various synchrotrons in the world, like the MAX IV in Sweden and at other synchrotron sources e.g. in the USA.
The field of ultrafast magnetization dynamics is a strong field at Uppsala University. You will work in a constellation of experimental researchers focused on both magnetic materials and time-resolved studies. In this constellation you will find both experimentalists as well as theoreticians.
A diploma or master degree in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, or materials science is required, but you are welcome to apply even if you have not yet received your degree but will do so in the near future. Experience of studies of magnetic materials, and characterization methods like MOKE, XMCD, other X-ray based techniques such as photoelectron spectroscopy or pump-probe techniques are considered to be a merit.
Education at the research level
A PhD education at Uppsala University is four years (48 months). Your will spend most of your time doing research, but teaching and administrative work up to 20% might be included in your contract (this will then prolong the Ph. D. education to a maximum of five years). Your salary is regulated by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and based on agreements between the university and the labor unions. Further information can be found at http://www.physics.uu.se.
The successful applicant will be selected based on documented theoretical and experimental knowledge relevant for the area of study, knowledge of scientific theory and method, analytical skills and personal motivation. The project is embedded into various cooperation activities. Therefore, we expect flexibility and commitment, but also communication skills and the capability to work both independently and in a team. Good skills in written and spoken English are important. Uppsala University is striving to achieve a more equal gender balance among its researchers and female candidates are particularly invited to apply.
You are welcome to submit your application no later than November 6th, 2015, UFV-PA 2015/2791.
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Placement: Department of Physics and Astronomy
Type of employment: Full time , PhD placement
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2015/2791
Last application date: 2015-11-06