Research Fellow in Enhanced Pure Spin Current Devices

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

Job posting number: #7146510 (Ref:EPSPA1080)

Posted: May 23, 2023

Job Description

Are you a researcher in condensed matter physics looking for your next challenge? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive Universities?

You will be working on an innovative project which is an essential part of a 5 year £7.8M EPSRC Programme Grant, Nanoscale Advanced Materials Engineering (NAME) which is a collaboration between the University of Manchester, Imperial College London and the University of Leeds. NAME aims to revolutionise the design and delivery of functionality on demand at the nanoscale within advanced materials and through the development of new world-leading capabilities.  We aim to transform the ability to exploit spin and photonics; address and harness thermal interactions; realise designer materials for quantum technologies; and in so doing, shape the UK and international advanced functional materials landscape. Details of the NAME project can be found on our dedicated website.

Your role will be to develop lateral spin valves for spin current transport. The objective is to enhance the spin signal utilising the P-NAME ion implantation tool based in Manchester.  P-NAME has sub-5 nm resolution e-beam imaging enabling the target for doping to be identified without ion contamination and can then deposit isotopically-selected ions with sub-20 nm resolution.  The doping concentration can be controlled from single ion to high dose (e.g. 1018 ions/cm2) doping at energies from ~5 to 50 keV and includes direct-write ion beam lithography capability.

The project is based in the Condensed Matter Group (CMG) at Leeds, one of the largest and best equipped spintronics groups in the UK.   Housed in the new £100m Bragg Building, CMG has five stand-alone deposition systems and the Royce Institute multi-chamber system comprising four interconnected UHV chambers enabling sputtering, e-beam, molecular evaporation, PLD and MBE deposition. One of these systems is a bespoke MBE system optimised for the growth of lateral spin valves by shadow deposition.  You will have access to advanced characterisation tools optimised for thin film devices, cryostats and low-noise measurement systems, magnetometers and scanning probes with vector fields and low temperatures.  Your fabrication will utilise the very latest clean room instruments housed in the vibration- and noise-isolated environment of the Bragg Centre.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor B J Hickey, Professor of Physics

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3836 or email: [email protected] 


Dr Satoshi Sasaki, Lecturer 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3578 or email: [email protected] 

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Physics & Astronomy
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £36,333 to £43,155 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions, an appointment will not be made higher than £38,474 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (2 years due to grant funding)
Release Date:  Monday 22 May 2023
Closing Date:  Sunday 18 June 2023
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSPA1080

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Job posting number:#7146510 (Ref:EPSPA1080)
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Employer Location:University of Leeds
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