Postdoctoral Researcher Advanced Modeling for Spintronic Devices and Systems

The physics, modeling and simulation team in imec is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in advanced modeling of spintronic devices and systems.

What you will do

In spintronics, the transfer of intrinsic electron spin by means of spin transfer torque or spin orbit torque is central to manipulating the magnetization state of magnetic materials. We need to understand and engineer the manipulation of the magnetization state in a magnetic layer for generating, detecting and manipulating (phase shifting and amplifying) spin waves or magnetization waves. This is key to develop spin wave logic for future low power devices. In addition, we consider using the magnetoelectric effect for low power voltage controlled generation and detection of spin waves or other magnetic excitations.
The search for enhanced spin orbit torque acting on the magnetization state of magnetic materials is also crucial for efficient low-energy magnetization switching. Heavy metals such as Pt and Ta are currently being investigated as strong spin-orbit interaction materials giving rise to spin Hall effect or the Rashba-Edelstein effect.

The main goals of this project are:

  • Model and understand the microscopic quantum mechanics behind the generation of spin orbit torques through the Spin Hall, Rashbah-Edelstein or Dresselhaus effect.
  • Incorporate the resulting magnetization dynamics in a micromagnetic simulation tool such as OOMMF.
  • Develop advanced modelling capabilities to describe the magnetoelectric effect using a multiphysics approach. In this approach, magnetization dynamics will be linked to material parameters such as stress/strain tensors giving rise to magnetostrictive effects in magnetoelectric elements.

Key focus points:

  • Magnetization dynamics in magnetic materials and layers interacting with heavy metals or topological insulators for enhanced spin-orbit torque
  • Spin wave propagation, generation and detection
  • Enhanced magnetization switching in memory devices
  • Magnetoelectric device physics and modelling
  • Spintronic device simulation

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the worlds premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. With your talent, passion and expertise, you will become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow.
We are proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through, our corporate university, we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth.
We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a competitive salary.

Who you are

  • You have a PhD degree in physics or physics engineering.
  • We value your knowledge and experience in computational physics and/or simulation and modeling of spintronic/magnetic solid-state devices.
  • We need your experience with one or more of the following disciplines: spin dynamics, micromagnetic simulations, quantum mechanics.
  • We appreciate your in-depth knowledge of theoretical condensed matter and/or spintronic device physics.
  • We are looking for your coding skills.
  • You are an innovative and flexible team player.
  • Given the international character of imec, good knowledge of (spoken and written) English is a must.

This postdoctoral position is funded by imec through KU Leuven. Because of the specific financing statute which targets international mobility for postdocs, only candidates who did not stay or work/study in Belgium for more than 24 months in the past 3 years can be considered for the position (short stays such as holiday, participation in conferences, etc. are not taken into account).

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