With a recently awarded FOM programme we combine theory, material synthesis and the latest experimental techniques to explore new magnetic topological states and transport effects of magnetic Skyrmions. Skyrmions are chiral nanoparticles with a vortex-like structure that occur spontaneously in certain materials. These mysterious quasi-particles challenge our fundamental understanding of condensed matter. They are also of technological relevance as they be brought into motion by very low electrical currents and might be used as information bits in the computers of the future.
You will oversee the characterisation of new skyrmion hosting materials and the investigation of their novel properties using mainly by magnetisation and susceptibility measurements, as well as neutron and x-ray scattering.
This PhD position is offered for four years and will be based at Delft University of Technology. You will be embedded within a large collaboration involving the University of Groningen as well as major international labs and large scale neutron and x-ray scattering facilities, such as ISIS and Diamond (UK), ILL (France) or JPARC (Japan). The conditions of employment are excellent and include extra months' salary payment in May and December and good travel facilities.
We are seeking an outstanding and enthusiastic researcher with a Master in Physics with creativity, flexibility, hands-on attitude for experimental work and the ability to co-operate within an interdisciplinary and international research group.
Conditions of employment
When fulfilling a PhD position at NWO-I, you will get the status of junior scientist. You will have an employee status and can participate in all the employee benefits NWO-I 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 NWO-I. 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 NWO-I 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 NWO-I can be found in the English part of this website under Personnel. The 'Job interview code' applies to this position.
For additional information, please contact prof.dr. Catherine Pappas.
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