Copenhagen University, Denmark
The workplace consists of a number of postdocs and PhD students who all work in experimental sciences related to neutron- and X-ray scattering in the field of material science.
Frustration, or the inability to satisfy all interactions, is a crucial concept in topics and phenomena ranging from nuclear spaghetti in the interior of stars and protein folding in life science to understanding the structure of common water ice. This project focuses on magnetic frustration, a field rich in exotic phenomena such as magnetic monopole excitations, hidden order and residual ground state entropy. In particular, the goal is to investigate the effects of applying high pressure to magnetically frustrated material such as the spin ices and the garnets and determine how pressure affects the exchange interactions and ordering tendencies at low temperature.
A new neutrons source, the European Spallation Source is being constructed in Lund. Neutrons are the natural tool to investigate magnetic correlations. This project, funded by Nordforsk grant “Magnetic Frustration Under Pressure”, aims to build up the Nordic neutron scattering competence ahead of the ESS. Three graduate students will be hired within the project and they will be situated at Oslo University, Royal Institute of Technology and Copenhagen University.
The responsibility of a student hired at the University of Oslo will be sample growth and characterization, while a second student hired at KTH and will focus on simulation and analysis of neutron scattering from magnetically frustrated materials. This advertisement concerns the third student who will be hired at the University of Copenhagen, and whose field of responsibility will be magnetic characterization, neutron scattering and analysis of data from the frustrated samples under low temperatures, and high pressures.
The PhD student’s duties will primarily include experimental research, including obligations with regard to publications, dissemination of results and some department obligations.
A suitable background for this position would be a Master of Science in Physics or equivalent with a specialization in condensed matter physics. Good knowledge of experimental physics is important, and exposure to low temperature techniques could be helpful. Experience with scientific programming and data analysis is very desirable. Neutron scattering experience is a clear advantage, but not a prerequisite. In addition to the traditional academic merits, a relevant degree project and international experience are regarded as advantageous qualifications.
Applicants must be strongly motivated for doctoral studies, possess the ability to work independently and perform critical analysis as well as possessing good levels of cooperative and communicative abilities. Formal requirements The applicants must hold a relevant Master degree or obtain it before the start of the employment. The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science.
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at http://www.science.ku.dk/phd
Assoc. Prof. Pascale Deen
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically (http://www.nbi.ku.dk/Jobs/phd-scholarship-in-frustrated-magnetism/)
Deadline for applications: January 29, 2017
The application must contain the following documents: Statement of professional interest CV Transcripts from university/university college Example of technical writing, e.g., thesis, essay, course report or scientific paper.