Postdoc In Ultrafast Electron Microscopy And HHG

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Job description

We seek a highly motivated postdoc that will conduct experimental research at the division of Material Physics, KTH Kista Campus. Central to the research project is the study of structural and electronic processes occurring during extremely short time periods, down to the femtosecond time scale (10-15 s). In your research, you will be part of a group investigating ultrafast transient states in phase transitions of strongly correlated materials and ultrafast dynamics in magnetism. The candidate is expected to conduct research on a for Sweden unique technique for ultrafast electron microscopy and diffraction, an ultrafast electron microscope (UEM). The instrument is based on modified technologies from the fields of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and pulsed femtosecond lasers. When merged these fields enables the development of a microscope that can track the position of atoms with a time resolution of a few hundred femtoseconds, facilitating the recording of "movies" that follows the atomic motion while a material go through a change in state. The dynamics of magnetism and domain walls can tracked similarly through Lorentz mode UEM. The technique thus provides information on dynamic processes that previously was not possible to study experimentally. Both research activities are supported by a strong research group.

Your research will include nonlinear optics, femtosecond lasers, UEM, Lorentz mode UEM, TEM, ultrafast electron diffraction, and electron energy loss spectroscopy. The position and project is financed by a grant for infrastructure of national importance from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and by a grant from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

Qualifications

The candidate should hold a PhD in experimental physics, chemical engineering or similar degree (completed in the last three years) and demonstrated scientific excellence in published works in scientific journals. Research experience with UEM and Lorentz mode UEM is central to the position. Femtosecond lasers, TEM, FIB, electron diffraction, and/or time resolved spectroscopy is also of importance. The candidate should have good communication skills and good command of English in writing and speaking as the candidate will present research results in top conferences and journals. Applicants must be strongly motivated for postdoctoral studies, possess the ability to work independently and perform critical analysis and also possess good levels of cooperative and communicative abilities. The evaluation will be based on the research experience and how well the applicant fulfills the above qualifications.

 

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Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: At the earliest January 1, 2018
Salary: Monthly salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: S-2017-1787
Contact:

  1. Jonas Weissenrieder, Ass. professor, +46 8 790 41 33, jonas@kth.se
  2. Oscar Tjernberg, Professor, +46 8 790 41 58, oscar@kth.se

Published: 2017-10-04
Last application date: 2017-10-14

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