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Postdoctoral researcher position in computational spintronics

One postdoctoral researcher position is available in the School of Physics and the CRANN Institute at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).

The position is within the European FET project “Gated INTERfaces for FAST information processing” (INTERFAST), which will investigate magnetic, spin transport and ultra-fast phenomena emerging at interfaces between different materials, in particular (but not only) organic molecules and ferromagnetic metals. The selected person will firstly address the electronic structure of several experimentally relevant systems using methods such as Density Functional Theory and Dynamical Mean-Field Theory. He/She will then develop a set of computational modules to carry out non-equilibrium simulations of spin transport and dynamics.

The project will be under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Droghetti (SFI- Royal Society University Research Fellow) and Prof. Stefano Sanvito (chair of Condensed Matter Theory and CRANN director).

The position is for three years.

The position will be open until filled, but the selected person should ideally start on the 1st of May 2021.


Essential/Desirable Criteria

Strong overall motivation and a keen interest in electronic structure theory. Previous experience in developing and implementing first-principles methods is required. Knowledge of magnetism and spin transport will be considered as an advantage. Good writing and communication skills are essential.


How to apply?

Applications must include the CV, a cover latter (briefly explaining why the applicant will fit for the job), the name and contact details (e-mail address) of at least two referees.

Applications should be sent to:

Dr. Andrea Droghetti ([email protected])

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the employment policies, procedures and practices which do not discriminate on grounds such as gender, civil status, family status, age, disability, race, religious belief, sexual orientation or membership of the traveling community.



INTERFAST will develop a novel technological platform for the voltage and optical control of interfacial magnetism. It will then demonstrate the applicability of this technology to a range of key spintronic functions, encompassing voltage control of magnetization reversal, spin-orbit-torque switching and ultrafast THz information processing. The consortium counts world leading experimental groups in the field of magnetic materials, ultrafast physics and spintronics.  


Trinity College Dublin and CRANN

Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s university on the world stage. Recognized for its transformative research and education conducted at the frontiers of disciplines, Trinity is ranked 61st in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2013. Spread across 47 acres in Dublin’s city centre, Trinity has a 17,000-strong student body, 3,000 staff and over 100,000 alumni around the world. Of the student body, 16% come from outside Ireland and, of those, 40% are from outside the European Union, making Trinity’s campus cosmopolitan and bustling, with a focus on diversity. Trinity has developed significant strength in a broad range of research areas, including the 21 broadly based multi-disciplinary thematic research areas.

CRANN, the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (, is Ireland’s first purpose-built research institute. CRANN is focused on delivering world-class research and innovation through extensive proactive collaborations with industry and is committed to attracting and training graduate students to the highest international standards. CRANN works at the frontiers of nanoscience developing new knowledge of nanoscale materials, with a particular focus on new device and sensor technologies for ICT, the biotechnology and medical technology sectors and a growing interest in energy related research. A Thomson Reuters report in late 2010 placed Ireland 8th globally for materials science research based on citations per publication for the decade 2000-2010. CRANN researchers were responsible for > 70% of the outputs leading to this national ranking. In Nanotechnology, Ireland’s global ranking is sixth in terms of both the quality of its publications and the volume output per capita.