Postdoc in the Characterization of 2D Magnetic Materials – DTU Physics

Updated: 5 months ago

Are you excited about low-dimensional magnetic materials? Would you like to explore their fundamental physical properties using scattering techniques?

The research section Neutrons and X-rays for Materials Physics (NEXMAP) at the Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Physics) is seeking a highly motivated candidate for a postdoc position within experimental condensed matter physics, working on characterization and understanding of novel two-dimensional magnetic materials using neutron and x-ray scattering in combination with laboratory-based techniques. 

The experimental demonstration of ferromagnetic order in a 2D sheet of CrI3 and Fe3GeTe2 has spurred enormous interest in 2D magnetism. There are now large and growing materials databases containing 2D magnetic materials including topological magnetic materials, some of which have not yet been synthesized. This postdoc project aims to identify and characterize materials from these categories that can be synthesized using CVT and CVD methods at the Technical University of Denmark. Specific compounds to be targeted include magnetically frustrated materials, and materials displaying magnetoelectricity.

As successful candidate, you will work with Senior Scientist N. B. Christensen in the NEXMAP section of DTU Physics. You will collaborate closely with the group of Assoc. Prof. T. Olsen from the research section CAMD specializing in density functional theory and prediction of novel low-dimensional materials, and with the group of Assoc. Prof. T. Booth from the research section NANOMADE focusing on the synthesis of nanoscale materials and device fabrication. The position is funded through the Q-MAT European Spallation Source Lighthouse initiative.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen our research in 2D magnetic materials. You will play a key role in tying together expertise within synthesis and characterization techniques, in particular using x-ray and neutrons, and theoretical modelling.

The ideal candidate should have a background in experimental condensed matter physics with a track-record in x-ray and/or neutron scattering. Experience in synthesis techniques as well as programming, for example in Python or Matlab, is an advantage. We expect a high level of motivation for conducting research at an internationally competitive level together with a ‘can do’ attitude. Good communication skills in both spoken and written English are a requirement. We also expect the assistance in co-supervision of BSc and MSc students.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is until the end of November 2025.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Scientist Niels Bech Christensen, . 

You can read more about the NEXMAP, CAMD and NANOMADE sections at Research at DTU Physics .

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark .

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 30 June 2023 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc and PhD – in English)
  • List of publications 
  • At least two references for the inquiry of recommendation letters

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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