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Magnetoelastic Materials beyond Born-Oppenheimer Approximation.
The project aims to show, that magnetoelastic effects are a general property of condensed matter and that the Born-Oppenheimer approximation is surpassed far more often than generally thought.
We will grow single crystals and measure them with neutrons, because it is unique technique and we love it. A significant part of the project is the development of a bespoke device, the Automatic Laue Sample Aligner. We will use our instrumentation skills and enjoy a lot of fun.

The project is accepted for funding and started in January 2021!

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Opened positions

PhD Student, neutron scattering on 2D materials (3 years, fulltime)

You are a neutron expert with knowledge of magnetism and interrest in emerging van der Waals materials. You will tackle technical limitation of inelastic neutron scattering by constructing a new robotic device ALSA – automatic Laue sample aligner. By the combination of robotics, artificial intelligence, computer vision and x-ray Laue diffraction, the device will be able to push the limits of what is currently possible to measure on the field of spintronic and layered systems. In addition to the device construction and testing, you will prepare new promising layered compounds and measure them at neutron facilities.

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Junior Computer Vision Engineer

Ideal position for master informatic students, because it is just half-time job. You will code the world’s smallest and most precise robot arm. Several algorithms are waiting for you to be written:

  • Crystal shape recognition algorithm
  • Automatic analysis of X-Ray Laue images
  • Robotic arm movement

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Postdoc, neutron scattering expert (4 years, fulltime job from 2022)

Every modern scientific group have such an expert. Crucial part of MaMBA project is neutron scattering and you will perform majority of experiments. You will design proposals, students will grow sampels and characterize samples for you and you will be traveling around the word and count valueble neutrons scattered from electronic excitations and lattice vibrations.

Project Info

MaMBA is 5-year project focused on Condensed matter physics.

I can guarantee well-paid positions in Prague in the independent team of young people. We will have an enthusiastic group and we will perform a plenty of exciting experiments.

  • Duration: 2021 - 2025
  • Place: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Employer: Charles University

About PI (=me)

Petr Čermák

I am Petr and I do science. I worked 5 years as an instrument responsible of inelastic spectrometer at neutron source in Garching, DE. I am looking for people to build our own group and establish magnetoelastic effects as an important property of solid-state physics. I applied for 5-years funding via Czech Junior Star GAČR grant (see project documentation) and the grant was accepted 🎉!

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Work packages

What will we do?

Neutron scattering

The crucial part of MaMBA. The team will perform neutron experiments to prove initial assumptions utilizing mainly European triple-axis and time-of-flight spectrometers.

Single crystal growth

High-quality single crystals will be grown at the MGML laboratory in Prague. Its variety of equipment can meet our crystal growth needs. First, crystals will be prepared from the melt, and later from the flux.

Instrument development

The team will create a unique instrument for sample alignment using the Laue x-ray diffractometer with a robotic arm. We will also code a computer vision algorithm for sorting oriented crystals.

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