PhD Studentship: Simulating the interplay of thermal and magnetic (spin) currents

Loughborough University

Application details:

Reference number: KM-1/PH/2018
Start date of studentship: 1st October 2018
Closing date of advert: 16th February 2018


Primary supervisor: Dr Kelly Morrison
Secondary supervisor: Dr Mark Greenaway

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Full Project Detail:

The spin Seebeck effect is a newly discovered phenomenon that manifests as the generation of a spin current when a magnetic material is subjected to a temperature gradient. For this reason, it is often classed with a larger group of effects under the umbrella term “spin caloritronics”, i.e. the interplay of spin and thermal currents.  These effects have exciting potential for future electronic devices, in particular in the creation of efficient spin-based devices to harvest wasted energy from heat sources such as engines, boilers and computers. 

This project will be working alongside the EPSRC Fellowship – “Reliable, Scalable and Affordable Thermoelectrics: Spin Seebeck Based Devices for Energy Harvesting” – where we are developing new devices and the metrology of the spin Seebeck effect. The objective of this PhD is to develop the theory and new atomistic computational simulations of the interplay between thermal and spin transport in spin Seebeck devices. This will enable a deep understanding of their fundamental physics and to create new structures for the next generation of spin caloritronic devices.  The student will work closely with other researchers working on the project to help understand, inform and possibly carry out new experiments on this type of device. 

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience of developing code, in for example, C/C++ or Matlab, would be helpful.

Funding information:

This studentship will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or any of the advertised projects prioritised for funding by the School of Science.

The 3-year studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £14,553 (2017 rate) per annum (in line with the standard research council rates) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.  International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Kelly Morrison
Email address:
Telephone number: +44-(0)1509-228201 

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at  Under programme name, select Physics.

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