Postdoc Position In Spintronic Devices For Ising Machines

Göteborg University
August 09, 2024
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The Department of Physics at the University of Gothenburg is located on the main campus of Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, with a total of some 80 employees. The communication routes are good both nationally and internationally. The researching focuses within the fields of Atom- and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Spintronics, and Complex Systems and Biophysics and is performed in an international environment with extensive national and international collaborations. The education programs at the Department include Bachelor- and Master programs in Physics, physics teacher-training programs, as well as outreach courses in Physics aimed for the general public. Gothenburg Physics Centre is a close collaboration with four other departments within the Faculty of Science and Chalmers University of Technology creates an innovative environment for all researchers and students at the department.

Information about research group:

One of the most successful research areas at the department is spintronics in Professor Johan Åkerman's group, with a particular focus on magnetodynamic phenomena in thin films and spintronic components. These are studied using magnetic, electrical, and optical methods, and are modeled with the help of GPU-accelerated micromagnetic simulations. The group has received funding from the Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation to develop prototypes for Ising machines based on spin waves and acoustic waves. The department is therefore seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher in experimental spintronics with a focus on characterizing and further developing such Ising machines. For relevant research articles, see for example: A Litvinenko et al., Communications Physics 6, 227 (2023) and arXiv:2311.06830.

Job assignments

Information about the job assignments

The main tasks are research. The duties include the design, characterization, and optimization of time-multiplexed Ising machines based on spin waves and acoustic waves. You will work together with other PhD students, postdocs, researchers, and external consultants, where your role will be to take responsibility for evaluating and optimizing existing Ising machines, determining the best ways to use them, and designing the next generation of Ising machines based on the same technology. You will implement various types of combinatorial optimization problems and design and evaluate different types of annealing schemes to quickly and reproducibly find optimal solutions to these. Your work with the hardware includes analog, FPGA-based, and microcontroller-based signal processing blocks as well as electrical microwave characterization of these. Your work with the software includes Python programming and the development of user-friendly Python libraries to program the Ising machines at a higher level. Depending on your background and experience, different aspects of these responsibilities will be emphasized. You are expected to write scientific articles based on your results and also contribute to others' scientific articles. You are also expected to present your results at scientific conferences.


To qualify as a postdoctoral fellow, the applicant must have completed a Swedish doctoral degree or must have a foreign degree corresponding to a Swedish doctoral degree.

Preference will be given to candidates who have been awarded the degree no more than three years before the application deadline and who have not held a post-doc position within the same or similar subject area at the University of Gothenburg for more than one year. Applicants with a degree obtained earlier than the stipulated three years may be preferred if special reasons exists. Special reasons in this context include, but are not limited to, leave due to illness and parental leave.

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Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

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Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, up to a maximum of 3 years in periods of 2+1 years. Extent: 100 % Location: Department of Physics, Gothenburg First day of employment: October 1, 2024

Appointment procedure

Please apply online. The application shall include: - Cover letter with an explanation of why you apply for the position

- CV including scientific publications - Copy of exam certificate - Two referees (name, telephone no, relation)

Information about the appointment procedure

For further information:

- Regarding the position please contact: Johan Åkerman, Professor, [email protected]


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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to: Prof. Johan Åkerman, [email protected].

The application is to be written in English.

The application deadline is: 2024-08-09.

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden's regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

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