We are seeking applications for two postdoctoral research position in the University of Cambridge to work on an EPSRC funded project in a collaborative venture with colleagues from Queen’s University, Belfast, the University of Warwick and the University of St. Andrews on “Ferroelectric, ferroelastic and multiferroic domain walls: a new horizon in nanoscale functional materials”.
One position is for a theoretician to work with Prof. Ekhard Salje to determine the role of elastic strain and microstructure dynamics in controlling the structural evolution, magnetic, dielectric, electrical and electronic properties of ferroic and multiferroic materials. Previous work was undertaken using several simulation methods, in this project we will first focus on Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations, probably using the LAMMMPS code. It is expected that applicants will have previous experience with MD simulations and some knowledge of Monte Carlo approaches. If the candidate has done mainly DFT work, additional connections with MD will be required during the course of the project.
The second position is for an experimentalist to work with Prof. Michael Carpenter. The experimental part of this project in Cambridge involves investigation of the elastic properties of small samples as simultaneous functions of temperature and magnetic field, primarily using unique facilities for Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS). The RUS technique allows elastic and anelastic properties of single crystal and ceramic samples to be determined over wide temperature intervals and in a magnetic field up to 14 Teslas. The scientific objectives are to investigate the role of elastic strain and strain relaxation dynamics associated with phase transitions in bulk samples and the dynamics of strain related domain walls within them.
The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and most successful Universities, with an outstanding reputation for academic achievement and research. It was ranked fourth in the 2016 QS World University Rankings and its graduates have won more Nobel Prizes than any other university in the world. The University comprises more than 150 departments, faculties, schools and other institution...s, plus a central administration and 31 independent and autonomous colleges.
There is much more information about the University at http://www.cam.ac.uk/univ/works/index.html which we hope you will find helpful.
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