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PhD scholarship in Studying Spin-Charge Conversion Phenomena in Two-Dimensional Electron Gases at Oxide Interfaces

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

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Frist 1. juni 2021

High-mobility, two-dimensional electron systems are characterized by radically new properties and functionalities and are emerging as the material choice for the next stage of Spintronics. Spintronics is a promising approach which goes beyond the operating principle in present-day electronics where the logic operation relies on the electron spin instead of its charge. Recently, heterostructures based on complex oxide systems have attracted a lot of interest in spintronics where the interconversion between electron spin and charge occurs through the spin-orbit coupling. Realising breakthroughs in such conversion phenomena will pave the way for a next generation of logic devices based on spin rather than charge.

The position offered is part of a new national project supported by the VILLUM Foundation. The project is carried out in close collaboration between DTU Energy in Denmark and CNRS/Thales in France.

The objective of this project is to investigate one extremely important – but to date largely unexplored – prospect of spin-charge conversion in oxide heterostructures: the coexistence of a large spin-orbit coupling and electron mobility. We hope that you are interested in joining this promising project at the crossroads between physics, materials science, and logic device applications!

Job description
The work will be carried out in three stages: (1) The student will fabricate complex oxide heterostructures based on SrTiO3 by a combination of pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and sputtering. Herein, a fabrication optimization with respect to electron mobility will be carried out with the aid of simple electronic transport characterization techniques. (2) The samples will be characterized in more advanced electronic transport experiments for establishing the spin-orbit coupling strength and (3) The spin-charge conversion efficiency will be evaluated either by spin-injection transport or ferromagnetic resonance spin-pumping.


  • A two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) In Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering or similar
  • A strong background in applied physics/materials science
  • A strong background in thin film technologies, especially PLD and sputtering
  • Previous experience in low temperature measurements of physical properties such as electrical conductivity and/or magnetic properties
  • Preferably previous experience with field effect or quantum effects
  • Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large, dynamical group
  • Experience in programming, finite element modelling or writing measurement software is advantageous, but not a requirement.
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

The expected starting date is 1 September 2021 or earlier, but requests for later starting dates can also be met. The position is for 3 years.

Further information
Please contact Please contact Head of Section, Professor Nini Pryds, +45 4677 5752, nipr@dtu.dk or Researcher Felix Trier, fetri@dtu.dk for further information.

Please do not send applications to these e-mail addresses, only online applications as described below will be considered.

You can read more about DTU Energy at https://www.energy.dtu.dk/english

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 June 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc)
  • List of publications
  • Grade transcripts and diplom
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Energy
The Department of Energy Conversion and Storage is focusing on functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technology. Our research areas include fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, electromechanical converters, sustainable synthetic fuels, and batteries. The Department, which has more than 200 employees, was founded in 2012. Additional information about the department can be found on www.energy.dtu.dk.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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