Research Associate/Fellow in Spin-Sensitive Scanning Probe Microscopy

University of Nottingham Department of Physics and Astronomy

United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow (Spin-Sensitive Scanning Probe Microscopy) (fixed term)

Closing Date
Wednesday, 5th May 2021
Job Type
Physics & Astronomy
£27511 to £40322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

We seek to recruit a highly motivated experimentalist with a strong track record in atomic resolution scanning probe microscopy for a Research Associate/Fellow position. The post is funded by an EPSRC award entitled “Putting A Spin on Machine Learning, Atom By Atom” (grant reference: EP/T033568/1, PI: Prof. Philip Moriarty) and will be based in the Experimental Condensed Matter Physics & Nanoscience (ECMN) Group in Physics & Astronomy, involving close collaboration with the School’s Spintronics research team. Ideally, the successful candidate will have experience with spin-sensitive scanning tunnelling microscopy, electron spin resonance (ESR)-STM, and/or exchange force microscopy (but this is not essential to be considered for the post.) The majority of research associated with the project will be carried out using a Unisoku USM 1300 high magnetic field STM/AFM, which provides magnetic fields of up to 9T out of plane and 2T (rotatable) in plane, and enables sample temperatures down to 0.4 K.   

The successful candidate will carry out the following duties: 

  • Undertake and lead research focussed on imaging, spectroscopic probing, and manipulation of spin structure down to the single atom limit; 
  • Prepare first drafts of publications, and present results stemming from the project at major national and international conferences;
  • Co-supervise PhD and final year undergraduate projects
  • Contribute to public engagement and outreach activities, as appropriate

Candidates must: 

  • Hold a PhD (or be close to completion) in atomic resolution scanning probe microscopy
  • Have a background in ultrahigh vacuum-based atomic resolution scanning probe microscopy
  • Have strong organisational, communication, and team-working skills

This is a fixed-term post until 30 April 2024. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours per week), however job share and other flexible working arrangements may be considered. 

The School values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.  The School of Physics & Astronomy holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of our commitment to advancing women's careers in science.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Philip Moriarty ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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