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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Magnetism/Spintronics

Electronic Engineering
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,817 a year
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We seek a Post Doctoral Research Associate to work under the direction of Prof. A. Hirohata on a JST funded grant entitled Development of materials for a magnetoresistive switch by combining computational and materials sciences.  Funding for this appointment is available for 32 months subject to a probationary period.  The project is part of an international collaborative programme between the University of York and Tohoku University in Japan.  The collaboration is supported under the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) ‘Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST)’ programme.  Accordingly whilst the appointment will be based at the University of York some periods of exchange will be spent in Japan


The project is associated with the evaluation of a magnetic tunnel junction and its associated material to be developed in collaboration with Tohoku University.  Significant use of high resolution transmission electron microscopy will be undertaken together with a range of other characterisation techniques such as X-ray diffraction, electrical measurements, etc. 

The role holder will be expected to perform the following duties:

  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects, duties to include: thin film and junction analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations.
  • To conduct research under the supervision of Prof. Hirohata and to contribute to the production of research.
  • To participate in a major collaboration programme with Tohoku University in Japan.

The person appointed will also be expected to undertake a leading role in the extensive programme of exchange involving themselves and others and to assist with the organisation of the frequent symposia and other meetings required for the collaboration. 

The person appointed will require skills in:

  • imaging using transmission and scanning electron microscopes and associated techniques
  • knowledge and experience of growth and lithographic techniques preferably including the use of e-beam lithography
  • knowledge and experience of electrical measurements in continuous materials
  • knowledge and experience of thin film x-ray diffraction
  • experience in and ability to conduct individual and collaborative research

The role holder will have a PhD in Electronics/Physics/Materials Science or equivalent and a knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies in Spintronics/Magnetism.

The post is fixed term till March 2023

Interview date: to be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Prof Atsufumi on, 01904 323245

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