PhD Position in Materials Physics

Uppsala University Department of Physics and Astronomy

PhD student in Materials Physics

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Duties/Project description:

The project concerns development of concepts and routes for obtaining active control of light using nanomagnetic architectures. We will use magnetism to form adaptive and reconfigurable flat optical devices using a novel class of magnets – two-dimensional lattices of single-domain nano-magnets – as a means to achieve control. Magneto-static interactions between the nano-magnets, will be used to obtain collective magnetic order and dynamics. Furthermore, the magnetic order can be controlled and reconfigured, using external stimuli such as magnetic fields, temperature or opto-magnetic effects. The nano-magnets can be used to obtain a phase grating for scattered light, since magneto-optical effects impose local changes on the polarization and phase of the optical wavefronts across the metasurface. Crucially, this grating structure is defined by the degree and nature of the magnetic order of the nano-magnets. We aim to elucidate the fundamentals of light scattering from magneto-optical metasurfaces, relating it to the magnetic order and dynamics. The project is a collaboration between experimental and theoretical groups in Uppsala.

You will participate in experimental work in nanofabrication of nanomagnetic arrays and characterize them with magneto-optical spectroscopy and scattering techniques. Furthermore, magnetic microscopy and magnetization dynamics studies will be included in the project.

The work will be performed at the Division of Materials Physics of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University. Please see for more information about the research in the Division of Materials Physics.


Applicants should have a degree of Masters of Science in Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science. Good knowledge of the English language in writing and speaking as well as the eagerness to learn the Swedish language is mandatory. The position will require work at international facilities, such as neutron and synchrotron sources as well as using the excellent laboratories in Uppsala.

Additional qualifications:

Good computer skills are a merit, as well as good knowledge of condensed matter physics, mathematics and practical laboratory experience.

Application procedure:

Your application must include a personal letter with a short description of yourself and the reasons why you are interested in the position. You must also include a CV, authorized copies of degrees and diplomas, copies of your bachelor or master thesis and other documents, such as publications, that you want to invoke. Names and contact details of at least two scientists that have offered to act as references for you must also be included, with a clear indication of their relationship to you.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: 01-08-2020 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Vassilios Kapaklis, +46 (0)18 471 3522

Please submit your application by 1 June 2020, UFV-PA 2020/1560.

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Placement: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/1560

Last application date: 2020-06-01