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PhD Scholarship in First Principles Simulations of Domain Walls in Multiferroic Materials

A new opening PhD position in optics is available at Technical University of Denmark, Denmark. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2019.

We offer a PhD scholarship at the section for Computational Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD), department of physics, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The main focus of CAMD is first principles simulations of materials properties in the framework of Density Functional Theory. Research activities in the section include magnetism, ferroelectrics, spin-orbit physics, optical properties, two-dimensional materials, high throughput materials discovery, and machine learning.

The present PhD project will focus on the stability and fundamental properties of domain walls in multiferroic materials that exhibit magnetic order as well as spontaneous polarization. We will study the interplay with defects and shed light on the microscopic mechanisms that are responsible for the formation and stabilization of charged domain walls. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with an experimental group at DTU studying ferroelectrics with X-ray scattering.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a first principles framework for understanding the fundamental properties of domain walls in multiferroics. The physics of multiferroics is extremely rich, but some of the fundamental questions we would like to answer are: The topic is challenging, but offers a unique chance to delve deep into the modern theory of polarization as well as first principles treatment of magnetic order and defects. The candidate will work in a group consisting of four faculty members and 20 PhD students and postdocs; all dedicated to research involving first principles simulations.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender,race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

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