Post-doc position at CERIC-ERIC - MAG ALCHEMI project

The Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium, CERIC–ERIC, is an integrated multidisciplinary Research Infrastructure open for basic and applied research in all fields of materials and biomaterial sciences and nanotechnology. CERIC has been established by integrating advanced research facilities based in 8 countries (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovenia) into a unique European entity supporting the creation of basic and applied knowledge and promoting the mobility of researchers in an international multicultural scientific environment.

This post-doc position is available for the CERIC-ERIC project MAG-ALCHEMI - Magnetic Anisotropy Grafting by means of Atomic Level CHEMical engineering at film Interfaces, in the frame of collaborative research between the Elettra Synchrotron (Dr. Andrea Locatelli, Dr. Tevfik Onur Menteş, Dr. Francesca Genuzio, Nanospectroscopy Beamline), the Jagiellonian University Krakow, National Synchrotron Radiation Centre SOLARIS (Dr. Marcin Zając), the AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow (Dr. Michał Ślęzak,) and Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry (ICSC), Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow (Dr. Piotr Mazalski, Prof. Dr. J. Korecki).

The MAG-ALCHEMI project aims at developing new concepts to control the local magnetic anisotropy in thin films through chemistry. By exposing the film to atom and molecules, electron, photon and ion beams, controlled changes in the surface stoichiometry will be induced which in turn modify the film magnetic properties in a laterally resolved manner. The planned research will focus on systems of increasing complexity, spanning from simple ferromagnetic layers to ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic multilayers grown on a variety of single crystal supports.

Job description

The successful candidate will participate to collaborative research with the groups based in Krakow and Trieste. His/her activity will focus on growing and characterizing the electronic and magnetic properties of micro- and nano-structured ultra-thin films using experimental techniques such as photoemission electron spectro-microscopy, low energy electron microscopy , magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) and Mössbauer spectroscopy. An essential part of his/her work will be dedicated to the design and commissioning of a MOKE set-up to be installed at the Nanospectroscopy beamline of Elettra (Trieste, Italy) and the development of time-resolved equipment for XMCD-PEEM both for Elettra and SOLARIS.

The job will be based in Krakow. Periods of time of variable lengthwill be spent at the Elettra synchrotron (Trieste, Italy), to carry out activities related to beamtimes and the commissioning of a new MOKE set-up.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Ph.D. in physics, chemistry or related disciplines is required, together with a background in ultra-high vacuum based surface science and magnetism.
  • Experience with one or more of the following techniques is highly desirable: synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy, synchrotron x-ray absorption spectroscopies, in particular x-ray circular magnetic dichroism.
  • Experience in cathode lens microscopy: low energy electron microscopy (LEEM) and/or photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) will be considered as preferential assets.
  • Additional experience in MOKE methods will be considered as an advantage.
  • Time management skills and ability to prioritize are expected, together with the capability to interact with collaborators, as well as to work as part of an international, multi-disciplinary team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are important.
  • Knowledge of data and image analysis software and programming skills are appreciated.


  • Duration – 1 year contract with a possibility of yearly extension up to a maximum of 36 months.

The job will start from 1st of September 2017.

The search will be opened until July 1, 2017. Applications should include a full curriculum vitae, the names and contact information (including electronic mail) of at least two references.

The applications should be sent on the following e-mail address:, with the following subject: Post-doc at CERIC-ERIC-MAG-ALCHEMI.

For further information about the project please contact:
Dr. Andrea Locatelli
Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A. di interesse nazionale
Strada Statale 14 - km 163,5 in AREA Science Park
34149 Basovizza, Trieste - ITALY