PhD Candidate for Ultra-high Precision Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy

PhD Candidate for Ultra-high Precision Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy

Published Deadline Location
11 Jul 1 Sep Nijmegen

Job description

The goal of this project is to create experimental spin model systems to test machine-learning concepts routed in magnetism, such as glassy or multi-well systems, and probe their dynamics.
As a PhD Candidate you will perform experiments utilising ultra-high precision scanning tunnelling microscopy in magnetic fields and at ultra-low temperatures.
You will explore atomic-scale spin systems in order to gain a better understanding of the magnetic properties of complex spin networks, as well as their magnetisation dynamics.
You will get to use one of the world’s most advanced compilations of microscopes in a very collaborative environment.


Radboud University


  • an experimental background in UHV, cryogenics, and/or scanning probe microscopy, is highly preferred;
  • a willingness to learn: (1) atomic-scale manipulation, (2) probing spin dynamics with STM, (3) ultra-high resolution scanning tunnelling microscopy at mK temperatures;
  • proficiency in English;
  • Master’s degree in physics or equivalent subject.

Conditions of employment

  • employment: 1.0 FTE
  • the gross starting salary amounts to €2,325 per month, and will increase to €2,972 in the fourth year (P scale)
  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • term of contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years
  • university job profile: PhD Candidate (Promovendus)
  • you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation

Intended start date is winter 2020, but start date is negotiable in certain cases.

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?


Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities.


Faculty of Science
The Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) department at Radboud University’s Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM) is an interdisciplinary research department currently comprising 15 scientists and students who utilise SPM techniques to study quantum phenomena on the atomic scale in various scientific areas ranging from fundamental physics to chemistry. We approach our scientific goals using and developing cutting-edge SPM instrumentation that operates in ultra-high vacuum, at cryogenic temperatures, with ultra-low mechanical and electronic noise levels, as well as in magnetic fields up to 9T. You will work at the SPM department in close collaboration with the scientific and technical staff members, who will provide you with training on SPM-related knowledge. You will be embedded in our team of scientists and students from around the world in a highly inspiring, innovative and creative work environment.
Further information on Scanning Probe Microscopy

Additional information

Prof. Dr. Alexander Ako Khajetoorians
Telefoon: +31 24 3652614

No commercial propositions please.


  • PhD positions
  • Natural Sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University Graduate
  • 62.59.19



Comeniuslaan 4, 6525 HP, Nijmegen

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Make sure to apply no later than 1 Sep 2019 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).