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PhD position on the search for 2D ferromagnetism at room temperature (P2202)

   Swiss Nanoscience Institute

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  Dr Monica Ciomaga Hatnean, Dr Michel Kenzelmann, Dr AB Baumgartner  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) at the University of Basel invites highly motivated scientists to apply for the SNI PhD program in Nanoscience.

The position (your position):

We are looking for a PhD student for the joint research project “Search for 2D ferromagnetism at room temperature”. We will perform a detailed investigation of the magnetic properties of some new two-dimensional (2D) materials to identify novel 2D ferromagnetic materials with enhanced transition temperature. The discovery of room temperature ferromagnetic 2D materials can open the route for novel spintronic applications and future nanoscale developments.

The successful candidate will work on the discovery of novel ferromagnetic 2D van der Waals materials with enhanced transition temperature. During this research, the work will be split into several stages as follows: synthesis and crystal growth of these materials, analysis of the physical properties of the bulk crystals, study of these compounds using neutron diffraction and spectroscopy to clarify the origin of the ferromagnetic phases in these compounds, and the study of the atomically thin 2D crystals using state-of-the-art synchrotron techniques to understand the ferromagnetic properties towards the 2D limit.

Requirements (your profile):

Applicants should hold a MSc degree (or equivalent) in physics, material science, or chemistry. Some experience in synthesis of inorganic materials, and/or neutron diffraction and spectroscopy are ideal. We encourage applications from self-motivated candidates, who are eager to further improve their skills and tackle new challenges. Excellent communication skills in English (spoken and written) are required.

We offer:

  • Excellent scientific and social environment at the SNI and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
  • Very competitive employment conditions
  • Membership in a very supportive and recognised community and in a stimulating, creative, and interdisciplinary environment.
  • The possibility to work with state-of-the-art resources to perform forefront research on an internationally competitive level.
  • The student will become a member of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute PhD school and will benefit strongly from stimulating internal SNI events, and the personal support and training offered by the PhD programme.

Application / contact:

More information and the online application platform can be found at For questions please contact Dr. Monica Ciomaga Hatnean ([Email Address Removed]) or Prof. Dr. Michel Kenzelmann ([Email Address Removed]), or the head of the SNI PhD programme, Dr. Andreas Baumgartner ([Email Address Removed]). The complete application has to be submitted before 31 December 2022. Please note that the decision to fill a given vacancy can be taken at any time from now.

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