Within our international doctoral program, a PhD position in the Department of Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany) is immediately available in the field of spin currents in nanoscale devices.
We work in particular on novel effects that occur due to the interaction of spin currents and magnetization, spin dynamics and quantum effects in novel materials such as graphene nanoribbons and Heusler compounds.
The spin current generation by spin injection and the spin transport are currently investigated for low power devices. In particular, such spin currents can be used to manipulate magnetization very efficiently and for instance engineer the displacement of magnetic domain walls.
The lab boasts advanced fabrication techniques (full clean room with lithography and pattern transfer techniques), a range of materials deposition tools (molecular beam epitaxy, sputtering, pulsed laser deposition, etc.) and a number of sophisticated characterization techniques. Low temperature magneto-transport measurements (10mK to room temperatures with fields up to 15T) will be carried out to detect spin injection, spin dynamics and quantum transport effects. A novel scanning electron microscope with polarization analysis was recently acquired that allows for high resolution magnetic imaging. Furthermore dynamic imaging is carried out by photoemission electron microscopy and x-ray microscopy and holography techniques. Structural analysis can be carried out using electron as well as ex-situ x-ray diffraction and scanning probe microscopes are available for surface studies.
During the PhD/Postdoctoral/Master stay, the student will have the opportunity to collaborate with our partner institutions such as Stanford University, Tohoku University, IBM and others from EU networks and part of the stay can be carried out at a partner institution.
Diploma, Master or equivalent in physics, electrical engineering, materials sciences, etc. Knowledge in condensed matter, in particular magnetism would be advantageous.
For enquiries and applications including a full CV contact Prof. M. Kläui (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The physics department at the University of Mainz has been consistently ranked as one of the leading physics departments in Germany. It is the only physics department that received a Cluster as well as a Graduate School within the German Excellence Initiative. In the 2013 ranking it was selected for the excellence group in Europe and top 5 in Germany.
Outstanding candidates can be proposed for the Graduate School of Excellence “Materials Science in Mainz” (www.mainz.uni-mainz.de), which provides a structured graduate education program with additional funding, high-level technical and transferable skills training and regular courses, summer schools and conference visits.