Postdoctoral Fellow

to work on "Creation and exploration of high-density topological skyrmion phases in 4f magnets"

Your tasks

  • Single crystal growth of new inorganic magnetic materials that host topological skyrmion spin textures, using the facilities in the Solid State Chemistry Group (see: https://www.psi.ch/en/lmx-ssc/)
  • Bulk magnetic and electrical characterization of the newly synthesized materials using low temperature apparatus
  • Advanced neutron and synchrotron X-Ray scattering studies of the magnetic structures and dynamics in newly synthesized crystals at PSI, or abroad if necessary
  • Define specific research goals, plan, prepare, and execute cutting-edge research using state-of-the-art techniques
  • Data analysis, curation and interpretation for both publication, and workshop/conference presentations
  • Transparent collaboration and interaction with researchers working on related topics in the host Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging, the Solid State Chemistry Group, PSI and the Swiss-wide community

Your profile

  • PhD degree in solid state chemistry, physics, materials, science or an area clearly related to the main tasks
  • Experience with synthesis methods of solid state chemistry and working correctly with others in a materials synthesis, crystal growth and characterization laboratory
  • Expertise in magnetic and electrical characterization of materials
  • Ability to keep clear accountable records of work (i. e. written and/or electronic logbooks), manage experimental data, analyse as well as interpret data and prepare publications
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and during weekends when conducting experiments at large-scale facilities
  • Willingness to work in radiation controlled zones
  • Demonstrable oral and written communication skills in English. Further language skills in German are an advantage
  • Experience with neutron and/or X-Ray scattering techniques applied for the study of magnetic structures and dynamics
  • Use of software and ability to write bespoke code for data analysis and interpretation
  • Background knowledge in quantum mechanics and condensed matter physics, in particular magnetism
  • Previous experience with theoretical calculations and simulations applied to nanomagnetic systems

We offer

Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.

Your employment contract is limited to 2 years.

For further information, please contact Dr. Jonathan White, phone +41 56 310 42 84. Please submit your application online by 29 February 2020 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow (index no. 3301-01).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Silja Giacomini-Diebold, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland