Application Deadline : 2012-04-30
Within the division of materials physics we are conducting research within the area of magnetism, hydrogen in materials and soft matter. We are currently seeking PhD candidates within the following areas:
1. Method development of magnetic depth profiling of functional magnetic materials.
The PhD student’s main task will be to develop and use magnetic resonant reflectivity and also to combine this method with neutron reflectivity to probe the chemical and magnetic structure at a nanometre level. This work involves primarily development of analysis software (mostly in the Python programming language and the GenX framework) as well as data collection at national and international facilities with the subsequent analysis of the data. Since the position involves a significant amount of data analysis, excellent knowledge in programming is mandatory.
2. Magnetic nanostructures: Phase transitions and dynamic properties.
The main task is the exploration of the influence of confinement on magnetic properties, such as ordering temperature, critical phenomena and dynamics. The investigations will be performed using magneto optical techniques as well as the utilisation of international scattering facilities such as synchrotron and neutron centre. Growth, patterning and characterisation of samples is also an important part of the work.
3. Hydrogen in metals
The mission is to understand the influence of composition and confinement on the hydrogen uptake in materials, utilising thin films and nanostructured materials. The growth and characterisation of the structures are an important part of the work and involves x-ray scattering, ion beam analysis, optical techniques as well as resistivity. God knowledge on solid state physics is required.
We have a strong collaboration with the theory division, which requires solid interest for modelling and simulations of experimental results. The candidates are expected to contribute to the overall activity within the group, which includes sample growth and characterisation of samples.
Other important qualities are cooperative skills, willing to travel and have a practical touch since many of the experiments are preformed at large scale facilities. Excellent knowledge in spoken and written English is a demand, also Swedish knowledge (or willing to learn) is positively considered.
The PhD position is for four years. Further information about the postgraduate education at the department is available at http://www.physics.uu.se.
The applicant is expected to have a Master’s degree in physics, or equivalent. The application should include a statement of research interest, CV, and a verified list of course grades. If available, a Master’s thesis (finished or in draft form) can also be included. The applicants are encouraged to provide letter(s) of recommendation and contact information to reference persons.
UppsalaUniversity is striving to achieve a more even gender balance and women are especially encouraged to apply.