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Ph.D. Position: Ultrafast, element-selective spin dynamics in magnetic layers using laser-based high harmonics

Advertising institute: PGI-6 - Electronic Properties
Reference number: D056/2012, Physics

The department of electronic properties at the Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI-6) of Forschungszentrum Jülich is offering a Ph.D. position in the field of element-selective spin dynamics on femtosecond timescale.
The understanding of interaction between photons, electrons, spins and phonons on femtosecond timescale is crucial for developing novel fast and efficient electronic and spintronic devices. This project provides opportunity to investigate femtosecond spin dynamics in magnetic multilayers on femtosecond time scales with element selectivity employing unique experimental capabilities based on laser-generated high harmonics.

Job description
We are looking for a Masters or Diploma student to start his or her Ph.D. work in our Magnetization Dynamics Group. The new member of our team will be looking into fascinating spin-dynamics phenomena happening on femtosecond time scales. The experimental part will employ our newly-developed pump-probe experimental setup that includes laser excitation and high harmonics probe. The studies will be performed on multilayer structures designed and fabricated using in-house sample preparation facilities. Intensive support in modeling and calculations is provided in collaboration with a theory groups in Jülich and abroad.

Your profile

  • Masters or Diploma degree in physics
  • Very good knowledge of solid state- and laser physics
  • High motivation and fascination of lasers and magnetism

What we offer

  • Experienced and friendly research team
  • Cutting-edge experimental equipment
  • Collaboration with world leading experimental and theory groups

Forschungszentrum Jülich is an equal-opportunity employer and therefore welcomes applications from women and disabled persons.

Please send your application (including CV, bachelor thesis, and exam results) by email to Prof. Dr. C. M. Schneider ( and to Dr. Roman Adam (

Your contact

Prof. Dr. C. M. Schneider
Phone: +49-2461-61 4428

Dr. Roman Adam
Phone: +49-2461-61 4214

Forschungszentrum Jülich
Peter Grünberg Institut (PGI-6)
Leo-Brandt Straße
52425 Jülich