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This job offer was closed at 2023-12-31


PRE-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER to work on Quantum nanoscience of Magnetic Graphene Nanostructures

Research Field: Physics 
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Job Summary

NanoGUNE is a research center devoted to conducting world-class nanoscience research for a competitive growth of the Basque Country. NanoGUNE is a member of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA) and is recognized by the Spanish Research Agency as a María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence.

The primary objective of the Ph.D. project is to fabricate custom-crafted magnetic graphene nanostructures on metallic surfaces and to manipulate their spin quantum state through advanced single-molecule spectroscopy measurements.

We promote teamwork in a diverse and inclusive environment and welcome all kinds of applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Job Description

This project involves the following activities:

Fabricate graphene nanostructures, implementing protocols for creating tailored geometries using the on-surface synthesis technique.
Employ state-of-the-art STM techniques to probe and characterize the electronic and magnetic properties of the fabricated graphene nanostructures at low temperatures.
Utilize advanced single-molecule spectroscopy techniques to study and manipulate the spin quantum states of individual graphene nanostructures.
Process and analyze the experimental data obtained from STM and single-molecule spectroscopy measurements. Extract relevant information about spin localization, coherence, and other magnetic properties.
Develop theoretical models and simulations to interpret the experimental results and gain deeper insights into the underlying physics.
The candidate will join a research line focusing on molecular quantum physics in the Nanoimaging Group, led by Prof. José Ignacio Pascual ( The goal of the group's research is to elucidate the laws of magnetism, optics, and electronics at the scale of atoms and molecules. They use low-temperature Scanning-Probe Microscopy to study the basic quantum phenomena behind the macroscopic behavior of matter and to manipulate their basic atomic components. More information can be found at

The successful candidate will have a:

Master's degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, or a related field.
Demonstrated background in experimental condensed matter physics, nanoscience, or a closely related discipline.
Programming skills and experience with scientific software packages (e.g., MATLAB, Python) for data analysis and simulation.
Additionally, the candidate should demonstrate experience in the following skills:

Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
Ability to present research findings effectively.
Collaborate within an international and multicultural research team.
Although not compulsory, the following points will be considered:

Previous experience with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), low-temperature experimental setups, or single-molecule spectroscopy will be advantageous.

The position is expected to start in 01/01/2024 and for a total length of up to 48 months (01/01/2024 - 31/12/2027) in the Nanoimaging Group.

Candidates should apply by completing and attaching a single PDF file on the link below:

The file should be completed with the following documents:

A complete CV, including reseach experience and background
A cover letter, clearly stateing motivation for applying
Academic transcripts
Contact information of at least two academic references
The deadline for applications is 31/12/2023.


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Job Details

Type of Contract Temporary 
Researcher profile First Stage Researcher (R1)  
Status Full-time 
Hours Per Week 40  
Company/Institute CIC NanoGune 
Country SPAIN 
State/Province Gipuzkoa 
City Donostia-San Sebstián  

Organization/Institute Contact Data

Organization CIC nanoGUNE 
Organization/Institution Type Research Laboratory 
Faculty/Department/Research Lab  
Country SPAIN 
City Donostia - San Sebastian 
State/Province Guipuzcoa 
Postal Code E-20018 
Street Tolosa Hiribidea, 76 
Phone +34943574000 
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Application Details

Envisaged Job Starting Date 2024-01-01 
Application Deadline 2023-12-31 
How To Apply