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Employer: CIC nanoGUNE
Location: Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
Employment Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Description:

The Nanoscience Cooperative Research Center CIC nanoGUNE (San Sebastian, Spain), created with the mission of conducting world-class nanoscience research for the competitive growth of the Basque Country and recently recognized as a "María de Maeztu" Excellence Unit (2017-2021), is currently looking for A POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER  to work on SPINOPTICAL NANOANTENNA-ASSISTED ULTRAFAST MAGNETIC SWITCHING.

This position is linked to the European collaborative (Spain, Sweden, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, and Italy) FET project FEMTOTERABYTE:Spinoptical nanoantenna-assisted magnetic storage at few nanometers on femtosecond timescale” (grant agreement No 737093). The project will be dedicated to the design, modeling, and testing of hybrid noble and ferromagnetic metals at novel nanoantennas, called spinoptical-nanoantennas, to achieve (de)magnetization dynamics at the fs-timescale (100 fs and below) in ferro- and ferri-magnetic nanostructures.

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Job Description:

Nanoplasmonics and magnetism have both undergone a rapid development in the past decade, enabling completely new research directions. Here we propose to combine the brand-new branch of nanoplasmonics – that of nanoscale spinoptics, providing extreme light confinement and the superior ability to manipulate photonic spin and orbital angular momenta, and nanomagnetism/molecular magnetism to establish a new fundamental way to control magnetism via light momenta spin-orbit mediated transfer of light momenta at the nanoscale in femtoseconds. This will be achieved by focusing light and concentrating its angular momenta with the localized plasmon nanoantennas to transfer it further to magnetic nanostructures, which are carefully positioned in the near-field of the nanoantennas, enabling low-power, non-thermal, deterministic, ultrafast magnetization manipulation at the nanoscale.

Specific objectives:

 - To design with electromagnetic simulations (FDTD and COMSOL platforms) and nanofabricate spin-nanoantennas with embedded (ferro- and ferri-) magnetic (and other relevant materials displaying all-optical helicity-dependent switching) elements

 - To characterize spin-nanoantennas with spectroscopy and microscopy


The ideal candidate should have a PhD in Physics or related fields and a strong background in optics, particularly related to nanooptics and plasmonics. Experience in the use of Comsol and/or Lumerical for advanced simulations is highly desirable. Independently pursuing research ideas, capability to write articles and making conference presentations are all requirements.

Job Application:

The candidates should apply by completing the form available in the webpage of nanoGUNE (, attaching a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, plus Certificates and a List of References.

Date Posted: February 14, 2018