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INRIM: Modelling the impact of E-fields on magnetic interface phenomena

  • Full or part time
    Prof G Durin
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Together with the position at USAL, this PhD position will complement the experimental projects of the consortium, focusing on the impact of the electrical fields on the phenomena occurring at the magnetic interfaces in nanostructures and multilayers. In particular, the goal is to understand the role of the electrical fields in changing the properties of the magnetic layer considering the effect of gate-induced charge accumulation, and of optical effects in case of all-optical control of magnetization and photo-induced strain. Theoretical analysis and simulations will consider these effects on the motion of domain walls and of skyrmion-bubbles. A general analysis of all the theoretical and experimental results obtained within the project will be performed using machine-learning and deep learning techniques.

The PhD student will be hosted at the INRIM Metrological Institute of Italy, and enrolled at the PhD in Physics of the Politecnico of Torino. At INRIM she/he will join the Magnetic Group which has a long tradition in the field of magnetism, and in particular in the study of the magnetization dynamics in bulk and nanostructures.

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, applied physics, material science, nanoelectronics
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, well developed interpersonal communication
• Enthusiastic, self-motivated, willing to learn in a multicultural environment
• Strong attitude to tackle complex problems with large independence


• Solid background in condensed matter physics
• Good skills for scientific computing: writing code (C/C++, Python, CUDA) and using scientific applications

This PhD position will be carried out in the framework of the EU’s Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network MagnEFi which includes 11 partners, both academic (8) and industrial (3), located in France, Germany, Italy, Finland, Spain, England and the Netherlands. We will work together to develop a unique integrative approach to electric-field control of magnetism. Innovative electric-field control schemes based on Strain (S), Gating (G) and Light (L) will be thoroughly investigated and combined to produce a new class of enhanced multifunctional spintronics devices with S+G, S+L and G+L capabilities.

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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