We are hiring: researcher neuromorphic scientific computing

Are you interested in a project at the interface of physics and machine learning? Do you thrive for societal impact of your research? We have a project (3-6 months) for you! Neuromorphic computing is a way to do computations with neural networks that mimic the architecture of the human brain. This project is a collaboration between Radboud University, IBM and SURF is aimed to benchmark the energy-efficiency of state-of-the-art neuromorphic hardware for concrete computational physics problems.

Interested? Contact Johan Mentink (johan.mentink[at]


PhD position, Postdoc position: Optical control of three dimensional (3D) Magnetic nanostructures (part of ERC-Synergy project 3D-MAGIC, in collaboration with Rafal Dunin-Borkowski and Stefan Blügel (FZ Jülich) and Mathias Kläui (Johannes Gutenberg-University)

In this highly exploratory project, we will open a window into the behaviour and control of some of the least explored and most puzzling objects in nanomagnetism: three-dimensional magnetic solitons (MSs). These textures are expected to move and interact in 3D in magnetic structures in a similar manner to ordinary particles. Experimental study of 3D MSs is nearly unexplored as a result of their small size and current lack of suitable characterization techniques. Particular attention will be paid to the manner in which 3D MSs can be controlled and manipulated dynamically, in particular with light. 3D MSs are foreseen to play the role of information carriers that can move freely in any spatial direction and to offer promising applications, such as magnetic information storage and brain-inspired information processing systems.

Experimental approaches: Magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) and Faraday effect microscopy allows the study of magnetization configurations on the surfaces and in the bulk of magnetic materials and their changes due to external stimuli such as electric current, temperature and applied magnetic field. Time-resolved MOKE/Faraday microscopy allows to study the dynamics of magnetic structures with fs temporal resolution and, by using a polarization-preserving near field tip, the spatial resolution can be pushed down to 100 nm. Femtosecond laser pulses also allow one to manipulate magnetic order, including ultrafast demagnetization, switching of magnetization down to nm length scales, optical manipulation of the exchange interaction and the creation of magnetic structures with tunable topological properties.

The project involves both simulations and experimental research and close interactions and collaborations with the Synergy partners.

Further information on: department of Spectroscopy of Solids and Interfaces

For more information about these vacancies, please contact:
Prof. Dr Theo Rasing Telephone: +31 24 3653102