We are seeking two outstanding and enthusiastic PhD candidates at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney for the groups of A/Prof. Jan Seidel in the School of Material Science and Engineering and A/Prof. C. Ulrich in the School of Physics.
The aim of the project is the study of topological spin systems, i.e. skyrmions in bulk single crystals as well as thin films. Skyrmions are chiral spin structures at the nanometer scale that currently receive tremendous attention as they offer a plethora of fascinating phenomena for fundamental research and future technological applications. The project involves growth and characterization of the related materials as well as their investigation by optical spectroscopy, neutron scattering, x-ray synchrotron techniques, as well as atomic force microscopy. Facilities for the growth of thin film samples using pulsed laser deposition and single crystals using an optical travelling solvent floating zone furnace are available at UNSW. Experiments using optical spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy will be conducted in the groups of A/Prof. C. Ulrich and A/Prof. J. Seidel at the UNSW, respectively. Neutron scattering and x-ray synchrotron scattering experiments will be performed at ANSTO in Sydney and at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne as well as at overseas research facilities.
Duration and Stipend
A/Prof. Jan Seidel