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Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of Artificial van der Waals multiferroics

Multiferroics

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The Department of Applied Physics is now looking for a

Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of Artificial van der Waals multiferroics

We invite applications for a post-doctoral position in the field of theoretical quantum materials, focused on van der Waals multiferroics. The prospective post-doc will work on collective quantum phenomena in van der Waals multiferroic materials, including natural and artificial multiferroic van der Waals heterostructures. The project aims to design multicomponent correlated states in van der Waals multiferroics, with the ultimate objective of designing van der Waals materials with controllable entangled charge and magnetic orders.

Multiferroics are an elusive electronic state where ferroelectricity and magnetism coexist, and represent one of the cornerstones of modern spintronics, providing ultimate electric control of complex magnetic phenomena. Whereas conventionally, ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity are competing orders, materials hosting both orders can be designed by combining engineered mechanisms. Designing a multiferroic system requires the capability of controlling the microscopic properties of materials, a challenging task in conventional bulk compounds. Two-dimensional materials offer a unique opportunity in that direction due to the possibility of controlling details of the Hamiltonian by twist, stack, and proximity effects. The recent rise of two-dimensional magnetic materials and twisted van der Waals heterostructures provide a genuine playground to design artificial multiferroics, with potential groundbreaking applications for two-dimensional skyrmionics, two-dimensional spinorbitronics, and ultimately, electrically controllable fractional quantum matter.

Your role

The post-doc will work on the theoretical fundamentals of van der Waals multiferroics, to propose and model an experimental solid-state realization of multicomponent correlated states. In particular, the post-doc will focus on how to theoretically exploit anisotropic magnetic interactions, charge density instabilities, twist engineering, and proximity effects to create a controllable van der Waals multiferroics, with a strong emphasis both on the fundamental theory and potential materials science perspective. We look for highly motivated individuals with a strong background in theoretical physics and quantum materials.

The project will be carried out in collaboration between the theory group of “Correlated Quantum Materials” (Prof. Jose Lado) and the experimental group of “Atomic Scale Physics” (Prof. Peter Liljeroth) at Aalto University. 

Duration, salary and benefits

The fixed term contract is initially for two years. The annual workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is currently 1612 hours. Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The salary for a Postdoctoral researcher is approx. 3600€/month.The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare.

The primary workplace will be the Otaniemi Campus at Aalto University.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system by October 31st. To apply for the position, please submit your application including the attachment mentioned below as one single PDF document in English through the link ’Apply now’ link at the bottom of the web page. 

(1)   Letter of motivation
(2)   CV including list of publications
(3)   Degree certificates and academic transcripts
(4)   Contact details of at least two referees (or letters of recommendation, if already available) 

The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. For additional information, kindly contact Prof. Jose Lado (jose.lado(at)aalto.fi) or Prof. Peter Liljeroth (peter.liljeroth(at)aalto.fi). Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, reopen the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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