Aarhus University (AU)

Postdoc in nanoscale and ultrafast photoemission spectroscopy on correlated low-dimensional materials

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

The Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a research project focusing on strongly correlated two-dimensional materials to be investigated experimentally using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy on femtosecond timescales and nanometer length scales.

Starting Date and Period
The position is for 2 years and is available from September 1, 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description
You are expected to contribute to the development and commissioning of the new nanoscale photoemission ultra-high vacuum end station at the SGM4 beamline of the synchrotron radiation source ASTRID2. Here, you will take an active role in local research projects using angle-resolved photoemission to study correlation effects in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides. It is required that you are willing to participate in external beamtimes at international synchrotrons and ultrafast laser facilities in Europe and the USA by contributing to beamtime proposals and by leading the experiments at the facilities.

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics (or related field) and are expected to have experience within the following research areas:

  • Electronic structure of correlated systems (examples include charge density wave materials, superconductors, Mott insulators)
  • Bulk and surface electronic properties of bulk materials and thin films
  • Dynamics of two-dimensional materials integrated in heterostructures and functional devices.
The applicant is required to demonstrate:
  • A strong track record of designing, maintaining and applying ultrahigh vacuum systems for angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments.
  • Extensive participation in photoemission experiments at international synchrotron and laser facilities.
Experiences with nanoscale angle-resolved photoemission (nanoARPES), femtosecond time-resolved (TR-)ARPES and with analysis of photoemission data resulting from such experiments on transition metal dichalcogenides are considered major advantages.

The applicant is expected to be a team-player that is strongly motivated to work with PhD students and external collaborators.

Who we are
You will take part in a research team that is strongly devoted to uncover electronic properties of new materials and develop state-of-the-art synchrotron-related techniques. Our research is based around the synchrotron source ASTRID2 in Aarhus where we operate two beamlines for angle-resolved photoemission experiments, which are linked with ultra-high vacuum sample preparation systems (including MBE and CVD capabilities). We have strong collaborative ties with some of the most advanced international facilities for conducting photoemission experiments on nanoscale and two-dimensional materials. Our research is organized in a Villum Centre of Excellence for Dirac Materials, which incorporates experimental and theoretical experts from many disciplines.

What we offer
The successful candidate is offered a chance to participate in the development of the SGM4 end-station for nanoARPES experiments and contribute to the research direction of this new facility. A significant share of photons is available from ASTRID2 to conduct experiments on site, and several external beamtimes are foreseen each semester via approved programs with the Advanced Light Source in the USA and active beamtime proposals at Diamond Light Source and the Central Laser Facility in the UK.

We offer a working environment characterized by close teamwork, strong networking between young scientists and a lively research climate with journal clubs, group trips to conferences and international experiments as well as close collaboration with many interdisciplinary experts within our Villum Centre.

Place of Work
The place of work is Ny Munkegade 120, 8000, Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact Information
For further information please contact: Assistant Professor, Søren Ulstrup, +45 22927702, ulstrup@phys.au.dk

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

10 June 2020

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