Post-Doctoral Research Fellow In Theoretical Physics - Antiferromagnetic Spintronics And Spinmechatronics

Країна: Норвегія;

Місто: Kristiansand S

Додана: 05.03.2019


Тип: PostDoc vacancy;

Дедлайн подачі: 15.04.2019


About the position

A fixed-term 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in theoretical physics, affiliated at the Department of Engineering Sciences. The position is located at Campus Grimstad. The postdoc position has a duration of two years. Expected start date is in August 2019.


Spin-based electronics, or spintronics, is a technology that uses the spin property of the electron in electronic applications. Two important factors that determine the applicability of spin-based devices in general are how fast they operate and how stable they are against external perturbations (in particular, magnetic fields). In this context, antiferromagnets are very promising due to their high characteristic frequencies and vanishing net magnetization.

In this project, we will investigate the complex interplay between the spin, charge and mechanical degrees of freedom in metallic antiferromagnets. In particular, we aim to explore the spinmechatronic properties and study how antiferromagnets can be used to develop ultra-small magnetic engines and charge/spin pumps that are driven by the collective spin excitations of the magnetic material.

The project is leaded by Prof. Kjetil M. D. Hals at UiA and will be carried out in close collaboration with the TWIST group at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz (JGU) in Germany headed by Dr. Karin Everschor-Sitte.

Required qualifications

Provisions relating to the positions as Post-doctoral Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

The applicant must have a PhD degree in theoretical condensed matter physics. The applicants must have published scientific articles in the Physical Review Letters or the Physical Review. We give preference to candidates with a documented background in quantum transport and/or spintronics.

The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Such evidence might be represented by the results of standard tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). The candidate's language skills might also be assessed in a personal interview.

Personal qualities

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

The position places great demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal oriented work. Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasized.

We offer

  • International mobility, to work closely with the project partners in Germany, and to present the work at international conferences.
  • Guidance and support to identify and apply for relevant grants.
  • A professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers.
  • Membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1352 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, NOK 524 200-555 100 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

A good working environment is characterized by its diversity. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position, irrespective of gender, age, disability or cultural background. UiA is an IW (Inclusive Workplace).

Women are strongly encouraged to apply for the position.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by UiA’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.


The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link "Apply for this job".

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • Motivation letter including academic highlights (max 2 pages).
  • CV including the track record and the list of publications.
  • Three selected academic works (papers, PhD thesis, etc) relevant for the position.
  • Certificates with grades.
  • Documentation of English language proficiency.
  • Three references and/or letters of recommendation, including contact details.

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. We draw your attention to the fact that we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process if attachments are missing. Please note that all documents should be in English.

Closing date: 15.04.19.


For questions about the position:

  • Professor Kjetil Magne Dørheim Hals, tel. +47 37 23 31 06, mobile +47 970 95 784, e-mail

For questions about the application process:

  • Higher Executive Officer Lise Askbo Fylkesnes, tel. +47 37 23 31 25, mobile +47 907 76 434, e-mail
  • HR-adviser Nina Rønningen, tel. +47 38 14 20 16, mobile +47 481 57 761, e-mail
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