International PhD Position in Magnetic Molecules

  • Phd
  • Stipend
  • 11 July 2021
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The PhD student will be part of the physics group and the research is focused on the assembly and manipulation of magnetic molecules on surfaces in UHV using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and other techniques. Molecular nanomagnets are interesting in the field of molecular electronics, spintronics and nanomagnetism, where they will play a key role in future quantum materials. External collaborators will synthesize the molecules, which consist of magnetic centers (atoms/clusters) surrounded by organic ligands, where both components have an influence on the magnetic properties. The ligands further determine how the molecules interact and organize on the surface (by self-assembly). We will study the molecules on surfaces with a Low-Temperature (5 K) STM, by imaging with atomic resolution, and especially via tunneling spectroscopy to understand the electronic properties. Magnetic excitations can be induced by applying a magnetic field, and by using magnetic tips, it will also be possible to perform spin-polarized tunneling experiments to map magnetic properties of the individual molecules. Knowledge of the magnetic properties of the crystalline (bulk) phase molecular systems is determined via inelastic neutron scattering and the interaction of thin films of the magnetic molecules with magnetic surfaces is investigated by small angle neutron scattering and reflectometry. These experiments are expected to be done by/with collaborators in the ESS-Lighthouse in Magnetism and Quantum Materials (Q-mat), which this PhD project is part of.


The candidate must have a strong background in experimental physics, surface science, nanoscience/technology or equivalent. Good technical skills are required and experience with STM, UHV and surface science is an advantage. You should be fluent in English. 


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The application must be written in English and must include the following:
  • A cover letter describing the motivation for applying to the position.
  • A Curriculum Vitae including education qualifications, research and industrial experience, awards and fellowships, any additional scientific achievements.
  • A description of technical skills and competences relevant for this PhD project.
  • A list of publications, if any.
  • A copy of the Master’s certificate (or equivalent).
  • An official transcript of the completed subjects and grades achieved in the course of the Master’s programme.
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