Postdoc Position In Spin-Wave Computing
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The Nanomagnetism and Spintronics group at the Department of Applied Physics of Aalto University in Finland is looking for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to work on unconventional spin-wave computing. The project, which is funded by the Academy of Finland (2023 – 2027), studies the physics of hybrid magnonic elements consisting of low-loss YIG films and ferromagnetic nanostructures such as resonators, waveguides, (de)multiplexers, directional couplers, and concave/convex lenses. The most suitable hybrid structures will be integrated into magnonic nanocircuits. We aim at the demonstration of energy-efficient logic gates based on interferometry and the realization of magnonic neural networks for the classification, autoencoding, and recognition of environmental information.
Your experience and ambitions
We are looking for a bright and motivated postdoc with an excellent record in the field of the position. Good command of English (both verbal and written) and demonstrated ability to disseminate scientific results are mandatory requirements for the position. Finnish language is not required. Applicants must be motivated to conduct research at the highest international level with the aim at publishing high-impact articles. To be eligible, a postdoctoral researcher must hold a PhD degree in a suitable field.
What we offer
The duration of the position is initially 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 postdoc salary ranges from 3900 € to 4300 € per month, depending on previous experience. The contract includes occupational healthcare.
You will join the Nanomagnetism and Spintronics group (https://www.aalto.fi/en/department-of-applied-physics/nanomagnetism-and-spintronics-nanospin) at Aalto University. We conduct research on nanoscale phenomena and materials for future memory and unconventional computing technologies. Current research projects focus on low-loss hybrid magnonics, the coupling of magnons to phonons, photons, and plasmons, reconfigurable magnonic neural networks, control of magnetism by voltage, and skyrmionics. For smart in-sensor computing, we are developing multisensory interconnected networks that can process multimodal information using photomemristor networks with build-in memory. Our laboratory is equipped with advanced instrumentation for thin-film growth and advanced magnetic, electronic, and magneto-optical characterization. For the advertised position, the following techniques are most relevant: Magnetron sputtering system, pulsed laser deposition system for high-quality YIG film growth, VNA-FMR, broadband spin wave spectrometry, super-Nyquist sampling magneto-optic Kerr effect microscopy for spin-wave imaging, and various techniques for magnetic and structural characterization. You will also have full access to the OtaNano research infrastructure for nano- and microtechnologies (http://otanano.aalto.fi/en/), comprising state-of-the-art equipment for nanofabrication and microscopy.
Our vast array of professional development opportunities means you will grow and learn, having the chance to participate actively in staff trainings and development projects based on your interests and needs. There is great freedom in your role, and we have a flexible modern working culture. We value work-life balance and well-being in all aspects of life.
We work in a hybrid way, and the primary workplace is Otaniemi, Espoo. The Otaniemi campus is a thriving and connected community of 100 nationalities, 13,000 students and 4,500 employees. Life at the transformed campus is vibrant and filled with amazing architecture, calming nature, and a variety of cafes, restaurants, services and good connections along the recently opened metro line.
To apply, please send the following documents as a single PDF file (all documents in English) us through our recruitment site ("Apply now!”):
- Letter of motivation.
- CV including list of publications
- Degree certificates and academic transcripts
- Contact details of at least two referees (or letters of recommendation, if available)
The deadline for applications is 30 September 2023. We will go through applications, and we may invite suitable candidates to interview already during the application period. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. For additional information, kindly contact Prof. Sebastiaan van Dijken ([email protected]). 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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