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The selected PhD candidate will conduct her/his research in the Ultrafast Condensed Matter Physics Group lead by Prof. Daniele Brida (Department of Physics and Materials Science). An overview of the research activities in our is available here . The PhD project interfaces two rich fields of research: ultrafast optics and nanomagnetism, with an overarching goal to understand the dynamics of electronic degrees of freedom (charges and spins) in nanostructured metamaterials. The project foresees ample collaborative opportunities within Luxembourg and with other research groups around the world, such as the Italian Institute of Technology (Italy), CIC nanoGUNE and the Materials Physics Center (Spain), and the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). The PhD student will be enrolled in the Doctoral School in Science and Engineering at the University of Luxembourg, and follow a vibrant PhD program that includes training in transferable skills, support for career development, lectures and teaching by international experts and annual PhD symposia. During the PhD research, the candidate will carry out experiments to uncover the physical principles that regulate the dynamics of photons and charges in nanostructured metamaterials. By combining time-resolved laser-based spectroscopy techniques (e.g. pump-probe, time-resolved MOKE) and multi-physics finite element methods, the candidate will unveil how to use ultrashort light pulses to excite magnons, i.e. the collective oscillations of spins (the intrinsic angular momenta of electrons), which are able to carry, transfer and process information with extremely reduced energy consumption and, at the same time, to push the speed of information processing. Concurrently, one particularly efficient way of capturing and manipulating free-space electromagnetic radiation on the nanoscale is to exploit nanophotonic metamaterials. These nanostructures exploit the collective motion of electrons in electromagnetically coupled elements tailored from composite materials. In this way, it will be possible to connect in an unprecedented way light with magnetism, since nano-optical modes will be spatially, temporally and coherently superimposed with spin waves, thus enabling a coupling between the two types of excitations. The project will disclose a mechanism which might have a huge impact on forthcoming light-driven deterministic (coherently-controlled), ultrafast (sub-ps regime) and ultra-dense (tens of Tb per inch2) data processing nanotechnologies, thus making real the possibility to integrate magnonics with light-based technologies working at even higher speeds than electronics.
We are seeking excellent and highly motivated candidates holding a Master’s degree in Physics, Materials Science or Electrical Engineering. Candidates should have demonstrated background in one of the following topics: experimental condensed matter physics, electromagnetism, magnetism. Candidates with experience or knowledge in ultrafast optics, nonlinear optics, magnetoplasmonics, plasmonics, nanophotonics, pump-probe spectroscopy, frequency and/or time-resolved MOKE, data analysis (e.g. MATLAB), finite element and/or FDTD methods, or basic programming/coding in Labview will be preferred. Fluency in English is mandatory. Willingness to work in an inter-cultural and international environment, and the ability to work independently or as part of a team, are desired.
Before proceeding with the submission of your application, please prepare the following documents in English
All documents should be uploaded in pdf format. Evaluations will commence immediately, till appropriate candidate is selected. Early submission is encouraged. Applications will be processed upon arrival. Applications sent by e-mail will not be considered, though candidates can check the status of their application via email.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in Luxembourg or interviewed remotely by phone or other audio-visual modes.
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|Title||Doctoral researcher (PhD student) in ultrafast nanoscale magnetophotonics|
|Employer||University of Luxembourg|
|Job location||6, rue Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, L-1359 Luxembourg|
|Published||December 2, 2020|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Materials Engineering,   Electromagnetism,   Optics,   Experimental Physics,   Nanotechnology,   Spectroscopy,   Condensed Matter Physics,   Materials Physics,   Plasma Physics,    and 3 more. Electrical Engineering,   Electronics,   Photonics  |