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January 24th 2017

This project focuses on characterizing the magnetism of individual atoms on surfaces, with the goal of creating magnetic memory derived from a single atom. Of interest, is how the local environment derived by the electronic structure and symmetry of the supporting substrate modifies the magnetic properties of a single atom. With the application of high-resolution scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STM/STS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), spin-resolved characterization is capable, at the level of one atom. These studies will be pursued using a combination of low-temperature spin-resolved STS (30mK – 4K), and AFM, combined with atomic-scale manipulation. This project will also utilize our newly built SPIN lab, which features the quietest and highest-resolution microscopes in the Netherlands.
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Job description
• For PhD students, a four-year position is available immediately. Exact starting dates are negotiable.
• You are 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 will operate a UHV-SPM facility, and perform high-precision spectroscopic and magnetic measurements.
• You will be expected to communicate your results in the form of writing manuscripts and giving presentations at international conferences.
• You will be expected to be knowledgeable about trending scientific literature and to learn proper data analysis skills.
• You will be expected to learn designing skills geared toward SPM research, and supervise students in the laboratory.

The Scanning Probe Microscopy department (SPM) at the Institute of Molecules and Materials (IMM) at Radboud University, Nijmegen invites PhD and postdoc applications. The SPM department hosts a collection of newly built and revamped ultra-high resolution scanning probe microscopes, and cutting-edge expertise in probing the electronic and magnetic structure of lower-dimensional systems. The IMM is a truly interdisciplinary institute with world-leading research groups in topics ranging from quantum matter toward life-like systems.

PhD applicants must have a degree equivalent to a 'Master of physics' and have written a proper thesis. Master’s students with experimental experience will be preferred, and priority will be given to students with proper SPM, cryogenic, and/or UHV experience.

Conditions of employment
When fulfilling a PhD position at the FOM Foundation, you will get the status of junior scientist.
You will have an employee status and can participate in all the employee benefits FOM offers. You will get a contract for four years. Your salary will be up to a maximum of 2,834 euro gross per month.The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8 percent and an end-of-year bonus of 8.33 percent.
You are supposed to have a thesis finished at the end of your four year term with FOM.
A training programme is part of the agreement. You and your supervisor will make up a plan for the additional education and supervising that you specifically need. This plan also defines which teaching activities you will be responsible (up to a maximum of ten percent of your time). The conditions of employment of the FOM Foundation are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more exclusive information is available at this website under Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English).
General information about working at FOM can be found in the English part of this website under Personnel. The 'FOM job interview code'applies to this position.

For additional information, please contact Prof.dr. Alexander Ako Khajetoorians
Professor/Head of SPM Department (IMM), 0031 24 365 26 14.

Please use the online form for applications.
Applications will be evaluated on a first-come first-serve basis. Please submit a one-page motivation letter why you would like to join our team including your research interests and how they overlap with the project goals, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information of a minimum of two academic references.



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