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About the project


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 was accepted for funding and it will start in January 2021!

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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.

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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Opened positions

Engineer, PLC specialist (2 years, fulltime)

A highly specialized engineer with knowledge of programming, computer vision and instrument development. You will get a new toy: Meca500 robot and you will teach him how to grab crystals. We will design unique sample grabber and enjoy a lot of fun with prototyping.

PhD Student, machine learning master (3 years, fulltime)

You are used to computer vision, shape recognition and advanced algorithmization on the border of artificial intelligence. You will write your doctoral thesis about automatic Laue Sample Aligner. You will work closelly with PLC specialist, but more on software level. After the development will be succesfull (and you will defend your thesis), there is a possibility to create a spin-off company and make ALSA a commercial device.

Bachelor/Master Student, algorithmization expert (3 years, paid per hour)

Several algorithms are waiting for you to be written:

  • Automatic analysis of X-Ray Laue images
  • Sorting crystals algorithm (see preliminary student project)
  • Crystal shape recognition algorithm
  • Robotic arm movement

There is opened student project. Feel free to apply!

Bachelor/Master students, single crystal growth (paid per hour, 3-5 years possible)

We need crystals. A lot of high quality single crystals! And you can grow them. You can later also help with development of ALSA and neutron experiments. It is ideal position for young 2nd year Matfyz students who wants to join the team and grow with it. But we are opened to everyone who is interested! Because of long term funding there is a guarantee of a continuation as master/PhD. It is ideal start of your career!

There is opened student project. Feel free to apply!

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

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