QUSTEC doctoral programme. Developing new techniques to control and manipulate the magnetization dynamics in small magnetic devices with microwave magnetic fields / MSCA

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    Physikalisches Institut (PHI), KIT
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Leading Researcher (R4)
    19/08/2019 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Germany › Karlsruhe


Context. Combining ideas from spintronics, molecular electronics, and quantum computing lead recently to the new field of molecular quantum spintronics. The objective is to fabricate, characterize and study molecular devices (for example molecular spin-transistor and molecular spin-valve) in order to read and manipulate the spin states of one or several single-molecule magnets and to perform basic quantum operations. The project is designed to play a role of pathfinder in this –still largely unexplored - field. The main target for the coming years concerns fundamental science, but applications in quantum electronics are expected in the long run.
The project is underpinned by worldwide research on molecular magnetism and supramolecular chemistry, and collaboration with outstanding chemist groups. During the last years, we have already demonstrated the first important results in this new research area. For ex., we have built a novel spin-valve device in which a non-magnetic molecular quantum dot, consisting of a Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube contacted with non-magnetic electrodes, is laterally coupled via supramolecular interactions to a TbPc2 molecular magnet. The localized magnetic moment of the SMM led to a magnetic field-dependent modulation of the conductance in the nanotube with magnetoresistance ratios of up to 300% below 1 K. We achieved the electronic read-out of the nuclear spin of an individual metal atom embedded in a single-molecule magnet. We could show very long spin lifetimes (several tens of seconds). Our results open up prospects for new spintronic devices with quantum properties, which is the main target of this project. It concerns the fabrication and characterization of molecular devices with microwave on-chip coils allowing us to perform basic quantum operations with one qubit and with two coupled qubits.

Funding category: Financement de l'Union européenne


PHD title: Doctorat de Physique

PHD Country: Allemagne

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We are looking for a candidate with a master degree of physics. A background in nanoscience. nanolithography, programing, molecular magnetism, SQUID magnetometer, and material science is welcome. A strong will to collaborate crossborder and intersectional with partners and proficiency in English are required.


QUSTEC programme follows MSCA eligibility criteria:

    Level of experience is ‘Early Stage Researcher’, according to the definition in the work programme of the 2018-2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions: Applicants must be, at the date of the respective call deadline of QUSTEC, in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

    Mobility criterion: The applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the future host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline of QUSTEC. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. For refugees under the Geneva Convention, the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as period of residence/activity in the country of the host organisation.

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Physikalisches Institut (PHI), KIT

EURAXESS offer ID: 430067
Posting organisation offer ID: 86833


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