PhD position Controlling spins through symmetry in 2D materials (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

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We are looking for highly motivated candidates for a PhD position in Opto-Spintronics in 2D materials to join the Opto-Spintronics of Nanostructures group at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials of the University of Groningen.

The Opto-Spintronics of Nanostructures is a new group within the Physics of Nanodevices research unit, focusing on the study of magnetic and spintronic properties of atomically-thin layers and heterostructures by optical and opto-electronic means.

Job description

The PhD project will focus on the study of generation and detection of spins and magnetisation in devices based on two-dimensional materials and heterostructures. You will exploit, engineer and manipulate the symmetries of two-dimensional materials to control their magnetic and spintronic properties and quantify them using optical and electrical characterisation techniques.


You have:
- a master’s degree in physics, electrical engineering, material science, or another related field
- previous experience in optics, electronic transport, nanofabrication, or two-dimensional materials and heterostructures is a plus
- some computer programming knowledge is appreciated
- good spoken and written English proficiency is required.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
- a salary of € 2,325 gross per month in the first year to a maximum of € 2,972 gross per month in the final year (salary scale PhD students), based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
- an holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income excluding
- an 8.3% year-end bonus
- a position for four years; you will get a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years; prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected
- a PhD training programme is part of the agreement and you will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty.

The conditions of employment are available at our website under
Human Resources:

The PhD position is available from 1 September 2019 and will remain open until filled.

Apply for this position by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications sent by email will be disregarded.

If interested, please submit a short letter of motivation and your CV, including names and contact details of 2 references.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Job Application

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr Marcos H. D. Guimaraes

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 219425

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Additional information on the research group and the University of Groningen Zernike Institute website Research group

Digital application form