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Research Fellow - Computational modelling of magnetic skyrmions

Computational Engineering & Design Group

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £28,982 to £35,609 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (for 3 years due to funding restrictions)
Closing Date:   Friday 09 September 2016
Interview Date:   Friday 30 September 2016
Reference:  769516AK

Computational Modelling for UK National Research Programme of Magnetic 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 inmagnetic materials and of their self-organisation into a skyrmionlattice has made skyrmion physics arguably the hottest topic in magnetism.

This post 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 project is led by Prof. Peter Hatton and Dr.Tom Lancaster (Durham), Prof. Paul Midgley FRS (Cambridge), Prof. Hans Fangohr and Dr. Ondrej Hovorka (Southampton), Prof. Geetha Balakrishnan and Prof. Don Paul (Warwick).

We seek a postdoctoral researcher for a computational physics oriented role 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 desirable. 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. The successful applicant will become part of the research group of Hans Fangohr and Ondrej Hovorka, providing a lively research environment with state-of-the-art research in magnetism and computational modelling. The University of Southampton hosts the largest university owned Supercomputer in England, and provides a wealth of professional training and development opportunities. Some more details are available at

*Please note the interviews are likely to be held wither the 28th or 30th of September*

Please contact Hans Fangohr ( or Ondrej Hovorka( for informal queries.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Georgie Warren (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote reference 769516AK on all correspondence.

The University

You will join one of the UK’s most dynamic centres for engineering and environmental research and education rated number one for research power in REF2014.  We have an excellent record of collaborative research with industry and academic institutions in the UK and abroad.

The Faculty has nearly 200 academic staff working in a number of research themes ( We have exceptional research facilities particularly in our state-of-the-art facilities at our new Boldrewood Innovation Campus. 

In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award in September 2013 and have submitted an application for Silver in Spring 2016.  The Faculty will give due consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break.The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities and employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme.

The University of Southampton is the top one per cent of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities

The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*subject to qualifying criteria

 Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Faculty of Engineering and the Environment 


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