Postdoctoral research fellowship on spin-charge interconversion phenomena in oxide heterostructures - DTU Energy

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Do you want to contribute to a future where we can create the new generation of electronic logic device?

At DTU Energy our research efforts are aiming at developing spintronic applications. Spintronics is a promising approach which goes beyond the operating principle in present-day electronics where the logic operation relies on the electron spin instead of its charge. Recently, heterostructures based on complex oxide systems have attracted a lot of interest in spintronics where the interconversion between electron spin and charge occurs through the spin-orbit coupling. Realising breakthroughs in such conversion phenomena will pave the way for a next generation of logic devices based on spin rather than charge.

The position offered is part of a new national project supported by the VILLUM Foundation. The project is carried out in close collaboration between DTU Energy in Denmark and CNRS/Thales in France.

The objective of this project is to investigate the coexistence of a large spin-orbit coupling and electron mobility in oxide heterostructures and devices for spintronic applications. We hope that you are interested in joining this exciting project at the crossroads between physics, materials science, and logic device applications!

Responsibilities and qualifications

The work will be carried out in three stages: (1) The postdoc will fabricate complex oxide heterostructures based on SrTiO3 or KTaO3 by a combination of pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and sputtering. Herein, a device fabrication optimization with respect to electron mobility will be carried out with the aid of simple electronic transport characterization techniques. (2) The devices will be characterized in more advanced electronic transport experiments for establishing the spin-orbit coupling strength and (3) The spin-charge conversion efficiency will be evaluated either by spin-injection transport or ferromagnetic resonance spin-pumping experiments.


  • PhD In Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering or similar
  • A strong background in applied physics/materials science
  • Previous experience in low temperature measurements of physical properties such as electrical conductivity and/or magnetic propertiesis advantageous, but not a requirement.
  • Previous experience in nano/micrometre device fabrication techniques, especially e-beam lithography is advantageous, but not a requirement.
  • Previous experience in thin film deposition technologies, especially PLD and sputtering is advantageous, but not a requirement.
  • Previous experience with field effect or quantum effects is advantageous, but not a requirement.
  • Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large, dynamical group
  • Experience in programming, finite element modelling or writing measurement software is advantageous, but not a requirement.
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken

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.

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The expected starting date is 1st September 2023 or earlier, but requests for later starting dates can also be met. The position is for 2 years.

Further information
Please contact Please contact Head of Section, Professor Nini Pryds, +45 4677 5752, or Senior Researcher Felix Trier, for further information.

Please do not send applications to these e-mail addresses, only online applications as described below will be considered.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 20 April 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
  • Diploma (MSc and PhD)
  • List of publications
  • Grade transcripts and diplomas

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

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