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We are looking for a highly skilled theoretical condensed matter physicist to join our EU-funded project SUPERTED as a postdoctoral fellow, to help realize a completely new kind of ultrasensitive thermoelectric detector (TED) of electromagnetic radiation, based on a hybrid structure of superconductors and ferromagnets. As this type of detectors have not been demonstrated before, we expect to encounter many unforeseen physical phenomena that need to be well understood before the realization of the final optimized detectors.

SUPERTED is a FET Open project involving research institutes and a technology start-up company from San Sebastian in Spain,  Jyväskylä in Finland, Pisa in Italy, and Grenoble in France. Its aim is to demonstrate single-pixel versions of the TEDs. The primary aim of the theorists working in the project is to explore the wealth of physical phenomena related to such superconductor/ferromagnet hybrids out of equilibrium, using nonequilibrium Green’s function techniques and other theoretical tools. With this knowledge, they can then help the experimentalists in the project to understand the most relevant processes related to the detectors.

Many advances in science are connected to improvements in imaging technologies. Such improvements are the main reason behind our present understanding of the structure of the universe, or of biological processes needed in medicine. High-resolution imaging enables also commercial products ranging from passive thermal cameras used in security screening to medical imaging or even elemental analysis used to study authenticity of art. At present, the goal in ultrasensitive detector industry is to increase the number of pixels to allow for faster operation and new functionalities such as imaging combined with spectroscopy at very low signal levels. Such improvements are called for both in cosmological imaging and in studies of biological processes. This is where our low-temperature TEDs come into the picture.

We are looking for a person with a PhD degree in condensed matter physics and a proven background in one or more of the following topics: nonequilibrium superconductivity, Keldysh Green’s function technique, spintronics theory, and mesoscopic electron systems.

For further information: Sebastian Bergeret [sebastian_bergeret (AT)]

You can join us also as guest with our guest program DOpAMInE.

If you are looking for a master project you are welcome.

About the Material Physics Center:
The CFM center is situated on the Ibaeta 
Campus of the University of the Basque Country among an agglomeration of scientific and technological centers and in a lively scientific and student environment. In itself, CFM is a joint initiative between the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), both being flagship institutions at the regional and national level respectively. The headquarters are at a walking distance from CIC Nanogune and the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC). The former is a technological center devoted to the transfer of knowledge towards industry in the field of nanotechnologies. The later is a public/private foundation, whose primary goal is to host world-class researchers (thanks to an ongoing agreement, CFM researchers have priority in proposing researchers which can be hosted through the DIPC program). Both institutions work in synergy with CFM, boosting the impact of the scientific activities carried on in collaboration.

 © Dario Bercioux 2018