European Research Council

Postdoctoral position in 3D nanomagnetism

    Aragon Nanoscience and Materials Institute (INMA) / CSIC-University of Zaragoza
    PhysicsCondensed matter properties
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    01/01/2022 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Spain › Zaragoza
    H2020 / ERC


A postdoctoral position in the field of nanomagnetism and spintronics is advertised, within the framework of the Horizon-2020 ERC Consolidator project “3DNANOMAG: Three-dimensional nanoscale magnetic structures”. The candidate will work at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), joining the group led by Dr Amalio Fernández-Pacheco to perform advanced studies in 3D magnetic circuits for applications in spintronics.

Three-dimensional (3D) nanomagnets present unconventional spin and topological properties, which makes them very promising systems for the future development of greener, more capable, multi-functional technologies. In this project, making use of new 3D nanofabrication tools based on focused electron beams, the candidate will carry out first experimental investigations in advanced 3D nanomagnetic conduits, studying the motion of spin textures e.g. domain walls and skyrmions along circuits with a variety of complex 3D geometries and magnetic materials. Going beyond the mere extension of existing 2D designs, the project will study and exploit advanced symmetry-breaking effects induced by the 3D shape of the structures.

The job comprises all steps towards the advanced studies of 3D nanomagnetic circuits: From the fabrication of the structures to their advanced characterisation, associated data analysis and simulation. For experiments, magneto-optical and magneto-electrical measurements will be mostly used, complemented with magnetic imaging techniques. For simulations, micromagnetics will be primarily employed. The candidate will join a young, dynamic international team. Close interaction with other group members and international collaborators, experiments at large facilities and supervision of students are also part of the job.

Key publications & videos

Meng et al, ACS Nano 15, 6765 (2021).

Sanz-Hernández et al, ACS Nano 14, 8084 (2020).

Skoric et al, Nano Letters 20, 184 (2020).

Fernández-Pacheco et al, Nature Materials 18, 679–684 (2019).

Sanz-Hernández et al, ACS Nano 11, 11066 (2017).

Fernández-Pacheco et al, Nature Communications. 8, 15756 (2017).

Recent talk about 3D nanomagnetism: https://youtu.be/AnHtV_oNBik

TedX talk about Green computing & nanotechnology: https://youtu.be/bMWMFcDBUu4


Position will remain open until it is filled.

More Information


Duration: Minimum of 2 years, renewable after that time to up to a total of 4 years subject to performance and available funding.

Salary: Gross salary in the range of 37-42k€ p.a., based on the CSIC salary scheme and depending on the applicant’s experience.

Additional benefits: Coverage of health insurance and pension contribution within the Spanish Social Security System.

Selection process

Applications should be sent to afp.nano@gmail.com with the subject “3DNANOMAG job application”, and a single .pdf file as attachment with three sections:

(1) a cover letter (max length of 2 pages) describing your previous research experience and what motivates you to work in this project;

(2) a full CV;

(3) contact details of two referees.

Additional comments

Host Institution

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is Spain’s largest public research institution and ranks third among Europe’s largest research organisations, with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 4,000 staff researchers. CSIC is a main actor in EU funding, with for example over 100 projects signed as Host Institution of the ERC programme.


The candidates will work at the Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón (INMA) located in Zaragoza (Spain). INMA is a joint Research Centre from CSIC and the University of Zaragoza hosting around 300 members, and houses a wide range of advanced facilities for nanofabrication and nanocharacterisation of materials. Researchers of the institute also have access to world-class nanofabrication and electron microscopy facilities at the Laboratory of Advanced Microscopy of the University of Zaragoza, a Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructure within the current Map of National Facilities in Spain.


Zaragoza is a Spanish historical medium sized city and capital of the region of Aragón. Located half way through Madrid and Barcelona and close to the Pyrenees, it is well connected by an international airport, and a frequent fast train (<1.5h) to the two largest Spanish cities. Zaragoza offers a high quality of life, a friendly environment and affordable cost of living.


The labs are located at the “Campus Río Ebro” of the University of Zaragoza, with connection to the city centre by tramway in < 15 min.

Offer Requirements


Applicants should have a PhD in physics, materials science, or a discipline relevant to experimental condensed matter physics. A strong research track record in experimental nanomagnetism and spintronics is necessary.


Experience in the fabrication of nanomagnetic devices using optical and/or electron lithography techniques, and in their characterisation using magneto-optical effects and/or magnetoelectrical measurements is required. Experience in areas such as micromagnetic simulations, magnetic imaging (electron or X-ray) or spin dynamics, as well as solid computing skills, are highly desirable.


The successful candidate should have good interpersonal skills, be able to carry out inter-dependent research activities within a team, enjoy challenging experimental work and be willing to travel internationally to visit collaborations and attend conferences.

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