Research Fellow – Investigation of the Degradation of Au Nanoscale Materials in HAMR (heat assisted magnetic recording) Technology

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin - CRANN/School of Physics

Post Status: Fixed Term (1 year): Full-time


CRANN Institute
Trinity College Dublin
The University of Dublin
College Green
Dublin 2

Reports to: Principal Investigator Prof. John Donegan

Salary: This appointment will be made at a point on the IUA Post Doctorate Researcher commensurate with experience

Closing Date and Time: 12 noon GMT, Friday 9th of December 2016

Please note: appointees will be expected to take up this role as soon as possible.

Post Summary

The Photonics group in AMBER research centre lead by Professor John Donegan wishes to hire a Research Fellow to further investigate the degradation of Au nanoscale materials. Simple optical techniques will be used to damage the Au and examine how the defect voids are formed and how they move. We will examine how the development of alloys and metal superlattices affect the void formation as well as the plasmonic properties.

The research work will be guided by input from Professor Stefano Sanvito whose genomic materials platform will be used to inform the project on novel materials to examine for HAMR. In addition, we will work closely with the group of Professor Amanda Petford-Long in the Argonne National Laboratories, in the US.

Standard duties and Responsibilities of the Post

  • Advanced optical and electron microscopy techniques and analysis
  • Analyse and interpret the results of the candidate’s own research and generate ideas based on outcomes.
  • Dissemination of research findings using appropriate media such as publication, research seminars etc. including presentation of results, written and oral, to group members, wider academic and industrial community
  • Co supervision and monitoring of postgraduate students/ provide day to day assistance and guidance to PhD students and other staff who may be assisting with the research.

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