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We seek a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work under the direction of Prof. Matt Probert (Department of Physics) on an EPSRC funded projected entitled ‘Anisotropy in Antiferromagnets’. The main objective of the project is the investigation of the origin of the anisotropy in antiferromagnetic materials via a combination of experimental measurements and first principles modelling. This position will focus on the theoretical aspects of the project including first principles modelling of the origin of antiferromagnetism in a range of different materials, and doing a combined crystal structure + magnetic structure search for new candidate antiferromagnetic materials. The results of the modelling will be validated against the experimental studies that will be proceeding in parallel. Funding for this appointment is available for 48 months. The initial appointment will be for 24 months (subject to an initial probation period) and may be extended further.
The aim of this part of the project is to develop a fundamental understanding of the origins of anisotropy in AF materials, investigate the factors that control it, and search for new candidate AF materials. The tools used will be CASTEP – a widely used Density Functional Theory (DFT) program co-developed by our group, CASTEP-GA – a multi-objective global optimization program that uses CASTEP to search both crystal structure and magnetic structure space for candidate materials and is sole developed by our group, and VAMPIRE – a micromagnetics program developed by colleagues in the Department.
Interview date: Week beginning 6 September 2021.
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