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Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £30,395 to £38,460 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 14/07/2022
Closing Date:  Sunday 04 August 2019
Interview Date:   Friday 30 August 2019
Reference:  1158119DA

Research Fellow in Computational modelling for UK national research programme into magnetic skyrmions

Skyrmions are excitations of matter whose occurrence and properties are mysterious, and which hold promise for technological deployment as highly efficient memory elements. The discovery of skyrmions in magnetic materials and of their self-organisation into a skyrmion lattice has made skyrmion physics arguably the hottest topic in magnetism.

The post advertised here is part of a major EPSRC-funded 6-year research programme intended to achieve a step-change in our understanding of skyrmions in magnetic materials, and to attempt to engineer them towards application. The programme is built around a consortium of five premier Universities, with input from international academic institutions and industrial partners. The advertised post is until the current end of the project (14 July 2022). 

The project is led by Professor Peter Hatton & Dr Tom Lancaster (Durham), Professor Paul Midgley FRS (Cambridge), Professor Hans Fangohr & Dr Ondrej Hovorka (Southampton), Professor Geetha Balakrishnan & Professor Don Paul (Warwick).

This role is computational physics oriented to investigate the physics of skyrmions, such as their ordering, stability, excitations and their potential for use in devices, in close involvement with the experimental groups listed above, and in collaboration with international academic and industry partners.

Knowledge of simulation techniques such as Metropolis Monte-Carlo, Spin Dynamics, and Micromagnetics, and solid programming skills are essential.

The project will be using simulation tools that are often centred around Python and may use Cython/C/C++ and OpenMP/MPI for performance critical parts. Knowledge of these languages is welcome but not necessary as training is provided. We value an appetite for learning new tools and skills.

You will become part of the research group of Ondrej Hovorka (Southampton) and Hans Fangohr (Southampton and European XFEL), and work closely with other staff and students of the Skyrmion programme grant from partner institutions. The University of Southampton hosts the largest university owned Supercomputer in England, and provides a wealth of professional training and development opportunities.

The successful applicant will have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Computational Science, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering or closely related subject area. 

Applications for Research Fellow positions will also be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Some more details are available at http://fangohr.github.io/vacancies/programmegrant.html

Please contact Ondrej Hovorka (o.hovorka@soton.ac.uk) or Hans Fangohr (hans.fangohr@xfel.eu) for informal queries.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote reference 1158119DA on all correspondence.

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The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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