PhD position: Ultrafast control of exchange in multilayer structures

The group Physics of Nanostructures at the department of Applied Physics of the Eindhoven University of Technology (Prof. Bert Koopmans and Prof. Henk Swagten) explores novel concepts in magnetic nanostructures and future ‘spintronics’ devices. Our infrastructure encompasses a new UHV facility for nano-film deposition and in-situ cahrachetrisation and fabrication at the nano-scale (NanoAccess), and dedicated labs for magnetic and transport measurements, scanning probe microscopy’s and femtosecond laser spectroscopy. The present project is embedded in the national FOM programme ‘Dynamic exchange’, which is inspired by the quest to understand and exploit exchange interactions in magnetic nanostructures in the strong non-equilibrium regime after fs excitation.

Job description

As a candidate, you will perform fs time-resolved studies on ultrafast all-optical magnetic switching scenarios by tailoring artificial multilayered structures. Mechanisms to be explored include using (inter-layer) exchange interaction in strong non-equilibrium systems as well as optically generated spin currents. Further ideas to be implemented include switching of nano-scale regions with dimensions much smaller than the optical wavelength in films where the magnetization is modified at the nanoscale by focused ion-beam irradiation, and driving dynamics in chiral multilayer systems with strong ‘DMI’. Apart from the experimental activities, you will be stimulated contributing to the development of models describing the ultrafast processes, linking approaches developed in-house to theory activities by other partners in the programme.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specialising in engineering science & technology. The University has nine departments, about 170 full-time professors, 8,200 students, 120 PhD students, 200 postdoctoral fellows, and 3,000 regular employees. In the framework of ‘Campus 2020′ the university has transformed to a real campus university with a very lively atmosphere. The department of Applied Physics has three research clusters: Nano-science and -technology, Transport Physics, and Plasma Physics and Radiation Technology. The present proposal is implemented in the group Physics of Nanostructures, headed by Prof. Bert Koopmans. The group has a rich experimental infrastructure (see research) and direct access to NanoLab@TU/e cleanroom facilities.


We’re searching an excellent student that has (almost) finished his/her masters in physics. Experience in fields (pulsed) laser spectroscopies, condensed matter physics, spintronics or magnetism will be appreciated.

Conditions of employment

When fulfilling a PhD position at the FOM Foundation, you will get the status of junior scientist.
You will have an employee status and can participate in all the employee benefits FOM offers. You will get a contract for four years. Your salary will be up to a maximum of 2,718 euro gross per month. The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8 percent and an end-of-year bonus of 8.33 percent.
You are supposed to have a thesis finished at the end of your four year term with FOM.
A training programme is part of the agreement. You and your supervisor will make up a plan for the additional education and supervising that you specifically need. This plan also defines which teaching activities you will be responsible (up to a maximum of ten percent of your time). The conditions of employment of the FOM Foundation are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more exclusive information is available at this website under Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English).
General information about working at FOM can be found in the English part of this website under Personnel. The ‘FOM job interview code’ applies to this position.


Prof.dr. Bert Koopmans 



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31 December 2015.

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