Research Fellow in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics University of Warwick Department of Physics United Kingdom

We wish to appoint a Research Fellow for three years starting from June 2019 to work on skyrmionic materials, in particular, the production of single crystals of materials which have previously been identified to exhibit skyrmionic behaviour and explore new materials which may exhibit this behaviour. The project will make use of a number of experimental techniques to synthesize the crystals and involve a study of the crystals produced through detailed investigations of their structural and magnetic properties. 

The project takes place in the context of a wider programme of materials investigation currently underway within the Superconductivity and Magnetism Group in the University of Warwick. The University of Warwick is one of the five consortium universities in the UK National Research Programme into Skyrmions and Skyrmionic Materials, funded by the EPSRC through a Programme Grant for 6 years. 

Candidates will have a solid background in experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science. Candidates should be trained in experimental solid state synthesis and preferably have experience of some crystal growth techniques (floating zone, Bridgman, Czochralski, vapour transport techniques) as well as low temperature experimental characterisation methods. Candidates should also demonstrate proficiency in the use of x-ray diffraction methods for powder and/or single crystals. They should show a strong interest and aptitude for learning new experimental techniques and a commitment to a high standard of scientific research. 

The study of all the materials produced will be undertaken through detailed investigations of their structural and magnetic properties. Experimental investigations of these materials will be conducted in collaboration with other research groups both at Warwick and at the other participating Universities within the Programme Grant consortium. There will also be scope for taking part in experiments at international facilities using neutron and x-ray scattering techniques. 


The successful candidate will work in the Superconductivity and Magnetism Group under the supervision of Prof. Geetha Balakrishnan. Candidates will be expected to be able work within a broader research team at Warwick and also with the wider UK Skyrmion consortium, demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, and maintain a current knowledge of the literature. They should be willing to play an active role in periodic progress and planning meetings for the project as well as in the dissemination of results. 

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£29,515). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,395 pa). 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Geetha Balakrishnan - g.balakrishnan@warwick.ac.uk


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