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Boosting magneto-ionics using ion irradiation and ion implantation

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The phd student will study new concepts of scalable and low power spintronics devices based on using ion irradiation and ion implantation to enhance magneto-ionic effects. The research will include the following objectives : deposition of oxide thin films by sputtering, pulse laser deposition or atomic layer deposition: HfO2, GdO, Co3O4, etc.; to study the effect of ion irradiation and ion implantation (He+, H+, O+) on the resulting structural and magnetic properties; to utilise ion irradiation to tailor the structure of these materials (grain size, vacancies, etc.); to enhance magneto-ionic effects in: (a) ion-treated single oxide layers (e.g., Co3O4, transition from non-magnetic to magnetic) and (b) oxide layers (GdO, HfO2,…) in direct contact ith ferromagnetic thin films ith perpendicular anisotropy (magneto-ionic control of the effective magnetic anisotropy). Irradiation through a lithography mask and Focused Ion Beam techniques will also allow the creation of pattern of structural and magnetic properties across a film or nanodevice.
We are looking for a student with a good background in condensed matter physics including basic knowledge in nanomagnetism, magnetic materials and memory technologies. A commitment and passion for entrepreneurship will be highly appreciated.

General requirements:

• Be fluent in English
• Have not been a resident or have conducted your main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than 12 months within the last three years in the PhD position’s host country.
• Be in the first four years of your research career. This is measured from the date you obtained a degree that allows you to enroll in a PhD program.
• Have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree

Specific requirements/skills:


• MSc degree or equivalent in a subject with good bases in one or more of these or related topics: condensed matter physics, nanoscience, material science, nanoelectronics, physical-chemistry.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, well developed interpersonal communication
• Enthusiastic, self-motivated, willing to learn in a multicultural environment
• A commitment and passion for entrepreneurship


• Experience in spintronics
• Experience in thin films growth
• Experience in Nano/micro device fabrication

This PhD position will be carried out in the framework of the EU’s BeMAGIC project, a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network that offers the possibility to pursue the PhD within the Network at different universities/research centres/companies across Europe. The duration of the appointment is 3 years, starting in February 2020, and the gross salary is 38000€ / year.

SPIN-ION technologies (,

Through its patented Ion irradiation Technologies developed at university Paris Sud-CNRS, the spin-off company SPIN-ION TECHNOLOGIES is in charge of developing advanced irradiation process and related equipment to treat magnetic films and spintronics devices for applications to Magnetic Random Access Memories (MRAM). SPIN-ION TECHNOLOGIES is involved in strong international partnerships, particularly with more than 10 leading universities as well as MRAM and HDD companies. The start-up is hosted by the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (C2N) at Palaiseau, France and benefits from very large facilities including the largest clean room in France. Very recently, Spin-Ion Technologies was awarded with one of the 10 “Grands Prix” of the French i-Lab national competition to support the creation of deep tech companies:

The benefits of this project for you and the future of your career are many fold, here's a few key aspects that MagnEFi can offer you:

• Working on the forefront of one of the most promising topics in spintronics in an international team lead by world recognised EU experts in the field.
• Benefiting from the extensive training program which includes basic and modern aspects of spintronics as well as of other exiting emerging fields such as artificial intelligence but also includes entrepreneurship, scientific writing, communication skills and intellectual property.
• Visiting other partners of the network to learn about their specific techniques and to establish collaborations which will interconnect experimenters and theorists, basic scientists and engineers, and academia and industry.
• Being granted a prestigious EU fellowship with a very competitive salary including mobility and family allowance.
• Establishing a professional network with leading scientists in academia and industry.
• Being prepared for the future after your PhD, training also includes courses on writing competitive job applications for academia and industry, writing high-impact research proposals as well as on preparing job interviews.

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