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PhD Fellowship in “Micro-Nano-Magnetics for integrated device applications

SR-16 PhD Fellowship in “Micro-Nano-Magnetics for integrated device applications”

Contract : Full Time/Fixed Term

Project: The rapid growth of miniaturized handheld electronic devices & ‘Internet of Things-IoT’ has

highlighted the issue of efficient powering and transmission at ultra-small scale. Lately, integrated micronano-magnetic devices have become core building blocks of such miniaturized/monolithic powering & transmission devices such as highly miniaturized electromagnetic transducers (magnetic-MEMS), nano-oscillators (SHNO/STNO), antenna (Magnonic, NEMS) etc. The focus of the present project will be on modelling, development and characterization of such devices, suitable nano-structured magnetic materials using patterned structures on Si/SOI in a CMOS compatible technique, while identifying & analyzing relevant exchange coupling phenomena in multi-nano-layers of patterned magnetic nano-hetero-structures.


The research of this particular position will involve elements of the following;

  • Review of state of the art (publications in Journals and Patents)
  • Electromagnetic modelling (MuMax3, COMSOL) of micro-nano-magnetic structures
  • Development of nano-structured magnetic materials in relevant chemical (electroplating, CVD)/physical (DC & RF Sputtering, ALD, PVD) synthesis techniques
  • Characterization (structural- XRD, SEM, AFM, TEM etc, and magnetic- including static & dynamic –SQUID magnetometer, MFM etc) of nano-structured magnetic materials and their analysis
  • Device batch fabrication using microfabrication techniques on Si (Photo/ Ebeam-lithography)
  • Characterization (electrical, magnetic) of fabricated devices
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.

Essential Criteria

  • Masters (or Bachelors with high grade) degree in Physics/Chemistry/ Materials Science/Electrical/Electronic Engineering or similar with high grades.
  • Proficiency in English, non-native English speakers should have required IELTS/TOEFL score
  • Knowledge in magnetism/ nano-magnetic materials, and some experience in simulation/magnetic measurements such as in MuMax3/SQUID/ VSM / TRMOKE

Desirable Criteria

  •  Candidates will be given preference having one or more of the following experiences:
  • Deep Knowledge in magnetism/nanomagnetism and expertise in preparation and characterization particularly in static and dynamic magnetic measurements such as in SQUID (dc & ac mode), VSM etc and their analysis, complex permeability spectra measurement and their analysis.
  • Experience with micro-fabrication (lithographic) to produce micro-patterned structures & their characterization would be desirable
  • Micromagnetic simulation (using MuMax3, COMSOL) of nanomagnetic patterns
  • Ability to write the project reports, articles in journals/conference proceedings

This is a four year PhD position. An annual student stipend of €19,000 applies for this successful candidate for this position.  In addition, yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Saibal Roy at

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference SR-16

Step 2 - Return the completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations ( Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of English language proficiency.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.