Two PhD positions will be available on February 1st, 2021, at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) through the ERC Starting Grant project (Horizon 2020) entitled "Magnetic Insulators: An Enabling Platform for Innovative Spintronic Concepts" (MAGNEPIC) led by Dr. Can Onur Avci.

The projects will be at the intersection between material science and physics, and explore emerging physical phenomena such as current-induced magnetization control, chiral magnetism, spin transport, and magnetic coupling in insulating magnetic thin films. The main objective will be developing innovative device concepts and prototypes based on magnetic insulators for future spintronic applications.

The successful candidates are expected to:

· Grow and characterize magnetic insulator thin films by pulsed laser and magnetron sputtering deposition methods.

· Fabricate nano/micro-scale devices in a cleanroom facility.

· Perform magneto-transport and magneto-optical measurements to investigate various physical phenomena and test device prototypes.

· Analyze data, write papers, and present results at conferences, etc.

Motivated candidates with background in Physics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Nanotechnology, or a closely related area are welcome to apply for the positions. Prior experience with thin film deposition, nanofabrication, electrical/magneto-optic characterization, programming, and a strong solid-state physics and magnetism background will be valued. A Master's degree (or equivalent) is required at the time of joining ICMAB-CSIC.

Interested applicants should send a short research statement, motivation letter, cv, transcript of academic records, and names of two referees to

The deadline for application is November 15th, 2020. They will be evaluated as received. A later start date is possible upon agreement.

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or contact Dr. Can Onur Avci.