Postdoctoral fellowship in nanodevice physics and flexible spintronics

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. The University’s most important assets are all the individuals, who with their curiosity and dedication, make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is the second largest at Uppsala University with more than 350 employees and 11 different divisions and is situated at Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala.

Research group: In the Nanodevice Physics group, led by Dr. Venkata Kamalakar Mutta, we explore charge and spin transport phenomena in quantum materials and devices. We explore graphene circuits to uncover spin relaxation physics and create new device architectures for demonstrating spin functionalities. Beyond graphene, we explore 2D semiconductors such as dichalcogenides (MoS2 and MoSe2) and black phosphorus, 2D insulators (hexagonal boron nitride), layered topological insulators (Bi2Se3), the newly discovered 2D magnetic systems (such as Cr2Ge2Te6), all of which provide new opportunities for investigations. Apart from individual crystals, we assemble 2D materials with contrasting properties to prepare special laminates that show improved properties for spin transport with enhanced mobility. In addition to transport-based investigations, we study these systems through complementary experimental techniques and computational methods. Our overall goal is to go beyond state-of-the-art to report new physics and device structures for enhanced performance, and realize novel sensing and low power logic & memory components.

More information on the research group's profile is available in the website:

Research project: The project involves advanced nanofabrication in state-of-the-art cleanroom facilities at Ångström Laboratory, and measurements utilizing a number of sophisticated techniques to characterize the devices and 2D materials.  The project provides a high opportunity for frontline results, access to in-house precision charge and spin transport facilities, crystal growth facilities, working in parallel with several postdocs, new PhDs and master students.

Duties: We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar with a strong self-drive and motivation to tackle major challenges in the field. The postdoctoral scholar will perform experimental work using state-of-the-art tools in the cleanroom with major responsibilities in timely delivery of results and reports. He/she is expected to have strong analytical and practical skills, and conduct research within the team objectives.

Qualifications: The candidate must have a PhD degree or equivalent in physics, applied physics, materials science, or similar disciplines, preferably in the fields of nanoelectronics, spintronics & nanomagnetism. Highly motivated candidates with demonstrated experience in cleanroom-based nanofabrication (e-beam lithography) of devices (preferably graphene, 2D materials), and/or flexible electronic devices. Experimental abilities to perform electrical characterization, low-temperature measurements, strong desire to learn new techniques, and develop newer methods. In ranking of qualified applicants, particular importance will be given to scientific excellence. Computer and designing skills will have added advantage.

We put great emphasis on your personal skills and you should be self-motivated, have achieved scientific maturity, and possess a strong internal motivation for success in your research. You are not afraid to learn new techniques and methods from your colleagues, with whom you also freely share your own insights. Excellent skills of English, both written and spoken, are required in combination with good communication skills. Expertise in writing and presentation of scientific results should be outlined in the application. Having great capacity to perform quality work, high efficiency and meeting deadlines is highly valued. The scholarship requirement needs that you are not employed previously on any postdoctoral scholarship before at Uppsala University.

The application should be written in English and include:

  1. A Cover letter describing yourself, your research interests and why you are a suitable person for the research project described.
  2. CV, including a description of relevant skills and experiences, as well as a full publication list.
  3. A copy of your PhD degree or date of thesis submission and details.
  4. Contact information to a minimum of three individuals, who can provide letters of reference to support your application, with a brief mention of how these individuals are professionally related to you.

Please send your application to

Type of employment: Postdoctoral scholarship.

Starting: 2020-06-01 or as mutually agreed upon.

For further information about the position and scientific aspects of the application, please contact

Dr. M. Venkata Kamalakar
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Ångström Laboratory
Box 516
UPPSALA 751 20

Please apply by 31st March, 2020