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TheCondensed Matter Theory group at the Paul Scherrer Institute and the Mesoscopic Systems Group within the Department of Materials at ETH Zurich, have a 4-year SNF funded PhD modelling position in the field of nano-magnetism.


Project background

Understanding the magnetism in nanoparticles is an urgent issue in condensed matter physics and material science with impact on a manifold of applications, ranging from medicine to spintronic. Recent investigations indicate that common particle properties such as size and shape do not strongly correlate with the measured magnetic properties. This suggests other structural motives are responsible, for which a quantitative description does not presently exist.

Job description

  • Investigate how internal strain arising from either the surface or internal defect structures can affect the global magnetic anisotropy
  • Develop a fully atomistic description of a magnetic particle, in terms of both atomic positions and spin, that can quantitatively describe the relevant low-energy magnetic configurations
  • Apply magnetic energy landscape exploration algorithms to determine barrier energies between such configurations, to make quantitative predictions as a function of temperature, of magnetic particle switching rates

Your profile

  • You hold a Master degree in Physics or Materials Science with an emphasis on Computational Science
  • Spoken and written English on at least an upper-intermediate level is required
  • Good knowledge of condensed matter physics, magnetism, and atomistic simulation methods, as well as programming skills for methodology development are required. You have strong interpersonal skills and a capability to work both in a team and independently

Interested?

For further information, please contact Prof Dr Peter Derlet, e-mail peter.derlet@psi.ch, phone +41 56 310 31 or apply directly at PSI.

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