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23 januari 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.
Relevant literature:
[1] A.A.K., et al., PRL, 106, 037205 (2011); [2] A. J. Heinrich, et al., Science, 306, 466 (2004); [3] A.A.K, et al., Nature, 467, 1084 (2010); [4] A.A.K., et al., Nature Physics, 8, 497 (2012) [5] A.A.K., et al., Science, 332, 1062 (2011), [6] A.A.K., et al., Science, 339, 55 (2013), [7] A.A.K., et al., PRL, 111, 126804 (2013). [8] F. Donati, et al Science 352, 318 (2016).

Job description
• 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.
• Exact starting dates are negotiable.

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.

• Postdoc applicants require SPM, cryogenic, and/or UHV experience and a PhD in physics or an equivalent field.
• Applications without the aforementioned experience and unqualified candidates will not be considered.

Conditions of employment
FOM prefers candidates who have qualifying experience (e.g. as PhD student or postdoctoral researcher) in a scientific research institute abroad.

Conditions of employment
You will be employed by the FOM Foundation for a fixed period of four years. Your salary will be up to a maximum of 4,089 euro gross per month, depending on your level of experience. The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8 percent and an end-of-year bonus of 8.33 percent. 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.

Prof.dr. Alexander Ako Khajetoorians, Professor/Head of SPM Department (IMM), +31 24 365 26 14.

You can respond to this vacancy online via the form below.
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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