An opportunity exists for an excellent student to undertake studies for a PhD degree on the topic of "An ion-beam engineered microstructure for high-performance superconducting films" under the supervision of Dr Nick Strickland and Dr Stuart Wimbush of the Robinson Research Institute of Victoria University of Wellington. This programme is part of a larger effort supported by the prestigious Marsden Fund of New Zealand, including the provision for payment of all university tuition fees, an annual stipend of NZ$27,500 for three years, and overseas travel for experimental work and conferences.
The aim of the research is to explore modifications of the microstructure of superconducting films through high-energy ion beams, and the positive effects this can have on the critical current of the superconductor. Collaborators in this work include researchers at the Australian National University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Queensland and GNS Science. There will likely be opportunities to travel to one or more of those institutions to interact with those researchers and participate in experiments.
The successful candidate will have the ability to work well within an extended team of international collaborators to schedule, prepare and characterise a large number of samples over the course of the project. They will take responsibility for critical current characterisations performed at RRI and for reducing, collating and interpreting data as it is collected. They will demonstrate attention to detail and an ability to adapt methods and schedules in response to outcomes.
Interested candidates should contact Dr Strickland directly in the first instance ([email protected]). A formal application for the position should include a cover letter describing your relevant experience or skills and why you wish to undertake this programme of research, together with a full CV, academic transcript, and contact information for two persons who may be contacted to provide an academic reference.
The Robinson Research Institute comprises a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers engaged in globally-significant projects in applied superconductivity, ranging from the fundamental science of superconducting materials, to modelling and experimental characterisation of superconducting devices and components, to large-scale engineering builds of MRI magnets, power equipment, and rotating machines.
Applicants must satisfy the requirements for admission as a PhD candidate to Victoria University of Wellington, including English language requirements. An application to enrol at the university will be required by 1 March 2019.