PhD Scholarship at the Quantum Device Physics Laboratory Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

The position will be placed at the Quantum Device Physics Laboratory in the department of Microelectronic and Nanoscience at Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.

The Department is doing research and education with focus on future electronics, photonics, bio- and nanosystems and houses a 1240 m2 of cleanroom space, with state-of-the-art research equipments providing a broad platform for the development and testing of new ideas in nanoelectronic devices.

Job description

Spin-electronics is an alternative paradigm for information processing in which the state variable is the spin angular momentum of the electronic carriers. The ability to exploit spin in semiconductors has rapidly progressed in recent years, with discovery of exciting new phenomena raising prospects for novel devices having new functionality. Much of the interest in materials like silicon and graphene derives from its robustness and longevity of spin as it is only weakly coupled to other degrees of freedom.

Recent demonstrations of spin injection at room temperature in silicon (S.P. Dash et al. Nature 462, 491 (2009)) and graphene (Nature 448, 571 (2007)) bring semiconductor based spin-electronics a step closer to application. For further development still lots of issues remain to be addressed in this project, such as, spin transport in silicon and graphene nanostructures, improvement in spin lifetime by identification and elimination of spurious effects, and electrical control of spin polarization in such materials.

A three-pronged approach will be taken for this research; (i) silicon and graphene nanostructures with improved interfaces with different useful materials will be prepared; (ii) electrical, structural and magnetic properties of interfaces and nanosturctures will be characterized; (iii) the results from device characterization will be used as feedback for selection of new interface materials, with the aim to achieve excellent electronic and spin transport properties of devices. While performing experiments in this research field, the PhD student will have enough freedom to explore and invent their own ideas.

Required qualifications

The successful applicant needs to have master degree in Physics or Nanotechnology, or an equivalent subject. Computer programming skills (in MatLab and LabVIEW, in particular) and experience of working in a clean-room environment are the merits. We prefer candidates with good team spirit, who like to work in an internationally oriented environment. Fluency in English is a requirement. Chalmers is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

Application procedure

The application shall be written in English and include the following items:

An application of a maximum of one A4 page containing your specific qualifications for the position
Attested copies of education certificates, including grade reports and other documents
Curriculum Vitae
Letters of recommendation and name of reference persons (optional)
The application shall be sent electronically as pdf or zipped documents. Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

If any material is not available electronically or cannot be transferred to pdf format, the material can be sent as a hard copy to Registrar. The applicants name and the reference number (2010/173) must be written on the first page of the application.


Chalmers University of Technology
SE-412 96 Göteborg
Further information

For further information about the position please contact

Dr. Saroj P. Dash
Assistant professor, Dept of Microelectronic and Nanoscience
Chalmers University of Technology
SE-412 96 Göteborg
Phone +31 62632 9741
Union representatives

* SACO: Jan Lindér
* ST: Marie Wenander
* SEKO: Johan Persson

All reachable via Chalmers exchange: +46 31 772 10 00


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