Post-doctoral on the Physics and Chemistry of Layered Metal Chalcogenides
The Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), in the frame of the project "Deciphering the workings of molecule intercalated iron chalcogenides" (DOMINION), funded under the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global (ONR Announcement #N00014-17-S-B001), is seeking to recruit one (1) post-doctoral researcher.
The Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) at FORTH, is a major research Institute in Greece and internationally. IESL is traditionally strong in two main research directions, namely, Lasers & Photonics and Materials & Devices. These interdisciplinary areas possess research infrastructures of international standards, with science and technology goals that cross the borders between physics, chemistry and biology (http://www.iesl.forth.gr/). Training and education through research and the exploitation of technologically mature applications are equally important priorities. FORTH is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong commitment to diversity.
The Functional Nanocrystals and Quantum Magnetism Laboratory (FUN-L; http://fun.iesl.forth.gr) at IESL-FORTH will be the host for the post-doctoral researcher.
DOMINION provides an intimate engagement of syntheses and characterisation for a wide range of layered iron-based chalcogenide compounds. The challenges set out here will be tackled through a cross-disciplinary, collaborative initiative between European (Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, Greece & Warsaw University of Technology, Poland) and US DOE scientists (Brookhaven National Lab, NY & National High Magnetic Field Lab, FL). A comprehensive range of research activities, engaging young researchers (PhD and post-doc levels) with senior scientists, is organized to facilitate a resource-sharing culture and tackle open questions.
Understanding superconductivity in the materials of interest requires tackling the subtle stoichiometry necessitated for a sizeable superconducting critical temperature (Tc). The team will develop low-temperature chemical routes (Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Solid State Technology, WUT; contact: Dr A. Krzton-Maziopa), which in conjunction with the physical properties (Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, FORTH; contact: Dr. A. Lappas) of the acquired materials will allow parameterising the conditions leading to Tc enhancement.
The successful post-doctoral candidate will focus on the fundamental physics and chemistry of inter-atomic interactions of solid-state iron-chalcogenide magnets and superconductors, made up of functional molecular components with nanoscale dimensions. For this, user-facility photon and neutron science US DOE labs, with their advanced analytical instrumentation, optimized for high -flux/ -resolution/ -data throughput, unavailable anywhere else in the world, will be utilized to generate key insights on how (structural and electronic / magnetic) correlations at the atomic level of matter are built and influence the superconducting electrons to pair-up.
- The post-doctoral researcher should be able and willing to travel to conduct experiments at DOE facilities in the USA.
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