Postdoctoral Research Associate in Magnetic Materials Discovery (91096)

University of Strathclyde - Pure and Applied Chemistry

FTE: 1 (35 hours/week)
Term: Fixed (3 years)
Closing date: 02/11/2017

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Magnetic Materials Discovery (Grade 7 / Research staff category)

This 36 month post is part of a Leverhulme Trust funded project in Solid State Chemistry, working under the supervision of Dr Eddie Cussen to understand the properties of new magnetic systems. We prepare materials containing magnetic species on a frustrated antiferromagnetic lattice. This leads to unusual magnetic behaviour at low temperature, either through the emergence of curious quantum magnetic states or unusual magnetic ordering.

Our approach involves using a range of advanced characterisation techniques to examine the magnetic properties and crystal chemistry of these new materials. The materials are typically air-stable perovskite oxides and these will be prepared in the laboratories at University of Strathclyde. Assessment of sample purity is done using x-ray powder diffraction, electron microscopy and thermal analysis. We use a combination of magnetisation, neutron diffraction, muon spin relaxation, and heat capacity measurements to study these magnetic systems. The successful applicant will bring expertise in these areas to bear on these problems and be able to help direct this research effort.

The successful applicant will have, or be close to being awarded, a PhD in a relevant area of Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or related discipline. The group has strong skills in sample preparation and structural analysis and the successful applicant can be given any necessary training in these aspects of the project. A strong application will show skills in advanced magnetic measurements that will lend themselves to this project, and a knowledge of muon spin relaxation would be particularly advantageous.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Eddie Cussen, Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, Edmund.Cussen@strath.ac.uk, 01415482797.

It is anticipated that formal interviews for this post will be held in mid-November 2017.

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