Postdoctoral Researcher on Theory of Optical Control of Van der Waals Quantum Magnets and Multiferroics

Postdoctoral Researcher on Theory of Optical Control of Van der Waals Quantum Magnets and Multiferroics

Aalto University

Espoo, Finland

We invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral position in the field of theoretical quantum materials, focused on optics in van der Waals magnets. The prospective postdoc will work on the theoretical fundamentals of controlling magnetic states of two-dimensional magnets using light. The project aims to drive ordered magnets to a quantum spin liquid regime and drive a non-collinear magnet to a multiferroic state, with the ultimate objective of achieving precise optical control over these magnetic states.

The project will be carried out in collaboration between the theory group of “Correlated Quantum Materials” (Prof. Jose Lado) and the experimental group of “Photonics” (Prof. Zhipei Sun) at Aalto University. The position will focus on theoretical and computational modeling of van der Waals heterostructures, aiming at phenomena that can be potentially realized at the group of Prof. Zhipei Sun at Aalto.

Your role and experience

Van der Waals magnets represent a disruptive platform for fundamental quantum phenomena, providing unique opportunities for the electric control of complex magnetic phenomena through optical means. Traditionally, controlling magnetic states has been a challenging task, but the rise of two-dimensional materials offers new possibilities due to their tunable properties. The ability to manipulate the Hamiltonian through twist, stack, and proximity effects in these materials provides a genuine playground for groundbreaking applications in two-dimensional skyrmionics, magneto-optics, quantum magnetism, spinorbitronics, and electrically controllable fractional quantum matter.

The postdoc will work on developing theoretical strategies to control the magnetic states of two-dimensional magnets using light. This includes exploring how to theoretically exploit anisotropic magnetic interactions, charge reconstructions, twist engineering, and proximity effects to achieve unconventional magnetic states. The research will have a strong emphasis on both fundamental theory and applications in experimental devices developed at Aalto. We seek highly motivated individuals with a strong background in theoretical physics and quantum materials, interested in emergent physics in artificial van der Waals heterostructures.

Other requirements:

  • PhD degree (by the starting date of the postdoctoral position). Candidates that will get their Ph.D. degree prior to the start of the position are eligible to apply;
  • Working proficiency in English. Finnish language is not required.

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