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Research Fellow in Spin Currents and Ferroelectric Coupling

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£37,841 - £38,969 per annum
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

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Application closing date: 11/12/2023
Salary: £37,841 - £38,969 per annum
Job category/type: Research

The School of Mathematics & Physics at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional Research Fellow to join the EPSRC Programme Grant (EP/X027074/1) Combining Advanced Materials for Interface Engineering (CAMIE). This is a collaboration between the University of Leeds (UoL), Imperial College London (ICL) and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB).

The specific position at QUB mainly involves using nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centre microscopy to map and interpret spatial and time-varying nanoscale magnetic field patterns in functional materials and thin film heterostructures. Field information will be used to establish new insights into spin-related transport physics in conducting domain walls in ferroelectrics (those which support strong polarisation discontinuities) and the way in which electric-magnetic dipole coupling interactions might affect magnon propagation in materials such as YIG. The role will also help support high-resolution nanoscale mapping of magnetic fields in other materials systems relevant to the rest of the CAMIE consortium.

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate that you meet the following criteria:

  • Obtained a PhD (or will have submitted your thesis before taking up the role) in condensed matter physics or a closely allied discipline.
  • Experience in experimental techniques relevant for nanoscale or thin film functional materials research, in particular magnetism, ferroelectricity or functional molecular materials.
  • A strong background in at least one of the following: thin film synthesis, microscopy of functional materials, magnetic/structural characterisation, charge or spin transport.
  • A developing track record of peer-reviewed publications in international journals.

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list. For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria please click on the Candidate Information link below.

This post is available on a fixed term contract for 36 months, with a possible extension to 60 months.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

  • Great terms & conditions
  • Pension schemes
  • Flexible working by enabling you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager through a blend of remote and office working
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 8.4 weeks a year (made up of 23 days annual leave, 10 closure days and 9 bank holidays)

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion please visit: and

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