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  • Posted on: 30th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £36,770 - £44,388 per annum
  • REF: 1880862
  • Closes: 05th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The main role of this position is to conduct experimental research on spin transport in van der Waals heterostructures. In particular, mechanical exfoliation of 2D van der Waals flakes in a transfer station is a key, daily duty of this post. We have a semi-automated transfer station inside of a glovebox with inert environment. The researcher on this post will made novel heterostructure stacks using a variety of 2D materials and make electric contacts by standard lithography techniques. The fabricated devices will be examined by electric and microwave transport inside of a close-cycled cryostat. We characterise e.g. magnetisation switching properties by spin-orbit torques and other emerging spin transport designed by device symmetry.

The researcher will analyse and interpret the data and write up scientific papers. The researcher is highly encouraged to present their own work in international/domestic conferences. We expect a team play with other group members who work on similar research topics. As a senior researcher, we also expect wider contribution to any activities across the whole research group where appropriate and possible. Responsibilities include good management of their own research, good maintenance of research facilities they used as a main user and good communication with their line manager.

The post is funded for 12 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements

PhD in physics, engineering or materials science. Ample experience on 2D van der Waals heterostructure fabrication. Cleanroom fabrication skills/knowledge/experience. Basic understanding of magnetism, spin transport physics and condensed matter physics. Excellent English skills both writing and speaking.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B 32,217 – 33,958 including London Allowance with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis per annum including London Allowance.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Denise Ottley, d.ottley@ucl.ac.uk, at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, or 17-19 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH, for advice.

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to (Professor Hidekazu Kurebayashi, h.kurebayashi@ucl.ac.uk).

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We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

5 Jan 2022

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Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

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