PhD Position in Atomic-scale Charge and Magnetic Order in Novel 2D Materials
Radboud University

PhD Position: Atomic-scale Charge and Magnetic Order in Novel 2D Materials

  • 40 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 2,972
  • Faculty of Science
  • Job level: Research University Degree
  • Duration of the contract: 4 years
  • Application deadline: 31 March 2020


We are looking for

The goal of this PhD project is to investigate atomic-scale magnetic and charge order in different quantum phases of novel 2D materials. Since the discovery of graphene, a non-magnetic, metallic 2D material, the search has been going on for 2D semiconducting and magnetic materials. Recently, 2D ferromagnetism was reported within a single layer of semiconducting or insulating materials, e.g. in transition metal halides [1, 2]. However, the atomic-scale magnetic order and the role of electron correlations in these materials classes are barely understood. The current state-of-the-art method to detect atomic-scale spin-sensitive information is based on spin-polarised scanning tunnelling microscopy (SP-STM). However, this method cannot address insulating phases of materials. 

You will investigate the atomic-scale geometric structure together with local charge and magnetic order in novel 2D magnetic materials. You will use the worldwide unique combination of SP-STM and magnetic exchange force microscopy (called SPEX) that our department has recently developed [3, 4]. You will work within cutting-edge UHV-based cryogenic SPM facilities and join a young and innovative team of experienced researchers and technicians. The contract term is four years.

[1] Gong C., et al., Nature 546, 265-269 (2017).
[2] Huang B., et al., Nature 546, 270-273 (2017).
[3] N. Hauptmann et al., Nano Lett. 17, 5660-5665 (2017).
[4] N. Hauptmann et al., arXiv:1908.00959 (2019).

We ask


  • A Master's degree in physics is required, as well as a properly written thesis on an experimental topic. Priority will be given to applicants with SPM, cryogenic, and/or UHV experience.
  • You have high proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • You are expected to carry out experiments, both independently and in a team.
  • You are expected to learn to communicate your results by writing manuscripts and giving presentations at international conferences.
  • You will operate a UHV-SPM facility, and perform high-precision spectroscopic and magnetic measurements.

We are

You will be part of the Scanning Probe Microscopy department (SPM) at the Institute of Molecules and Materials (IMM). The SPM department comprises many international scientists and students. We utilise SPM techniques beyond the state of the art to study numerous problems in fundamental physics and chemistry. Our expertise focuses on high-precision magnetic and electronic imaging of single atoms, molecules and 2D materials in cryogenic ultrahigh vacuum environments and in magnetic fields, often related with single-atom manipulation. 

The IMM is an interdisciplinary research institute in chemistry and physics at Radboud University. IMM's mission is to perform fundamental research to understand, design and control the functioning of molecules and materials and to train the next generation of leaders in science and entrepreneurship to the highest international standards. You will have the opportunity to interact with the researchers within the IMM and participate in institute-wide activities.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent and collaboration. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 40 hours per week.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,325 per month, and will increase to €2,972 in the fourth year (salary scale P).
  • The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: Your performance will be evaluated after 18 months. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended.
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2020.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Dr. Nadine Hauptmann,
Tel.: +31 24 3653183

Joyce van Dijk-Janssen, secretary
Tel.: +31 24 3652121

Apply directly

Please address your application to Dr. Nadine Hauptmann and submit it, using the application button, no later than 31 March 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments (all in PDF format):

  • One-page motivation letter stating why you would like to join our team.
  • CV.
  • Minimum of two academic references.
  • Certificates, e.g. Bachelor's degree, Master's degree.


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