The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research University.
The University of Luxembourg invites applications for the following vacancy in its Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication. The Nanomagnetism Group has an immediate opening for a PhD student:
PhD student in the field of magnetic neutron scattering on Heusler alloys (M/F)
50014452 - PRIDE MASSENA
Fixed-term 14-months initial contract, extendable to 48 months
Full-time (40 hrs/week)
Employee and student status
Starting date: As soon as possible
The PhD student will carry out fundamental research in the field of magnetic neutron scattering (mainly small-angle neutron scattering (SANS)) on core-shell-type magnetic Heusler alloys. Defects in the microstructure of magnetic materials give rise to a deviation of the magnetization from the perfectly aligned state. The resulting spin misalignment results in a strong magnetic neutron-scattering signal along the forward direction, which can be measured by means of the SANS technique. For a Ni-Mn-In alloy, the formation of a core-shell defect structure when annealed in the presence of an applied magnetic field has recently been reported. A central objective is to compute/model the ensuing spin textures by means of the continuum theory of micromagnetics and to compare these predictions to experimental neutron data. Candidates with experimental as well as theoretical/computational skills are encouraged to apply. The PhD student will be a member of the Nanomagnetism Group led by Prof. Dr. Andreas Michels.
Conduct/Contribute to neutron-scattering experiments (mainly SANS) at large-scale international neutron facilities (e.g., PSI, ILL, MLZ), neutron-data reduction and analysis
Analytical and numerical calculations of the magnetic neutron scattering cross section using micromagnetic theory
AC+DC magnetometry, specific heat, XRD, TEM/SEM, arc melting, alloy synthesis, annealing, general sample characterization
Presentation of scientific results at international conferences, publications in high-impact journals
Participation in bachelor and/or master teaching activities
Participation in grant writing (e.g., neutron beamtime proposals) and reporting to funding agencies
Participation in outreach activities (e.g., UL open days, science festivals)
Master in physics/materials science or related subject with very good grades
Background in magnetism and magnetic materials and/or neutron scattering and/or scientific computing is an advantage
Candidates should be curious, committed, and self-motivated
Excellent communication skills; fluent written and verbal command of English
An exciting topic in the context of neutron scattering and magnetic materials
A friendly international team
A modern and newly equipped laboratory
Please upload your complete application in English (letter of motivation, CV, publication list (if available), copies of diplomas, names of referees; all in one single pdf file).
Deadline for applications: 15/07/2019.
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