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Project Fellow / Project Associate-I

Job Details
Position: 
Project Fellow / Project Associate-I
Job Id: 
297
Department: 
Physics
Job Type: 
Contract
Application deadline: 
30 Apr 2022
No. of Positions: 
1
Job Description 

Applications are invited for the post of Project Fellow / Project Associate-I in a UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore Centre funded research project entitled “In search of exotic phases in new geometrically frustrated quantum magnets” CRS/2021-22/01/393, under the supervision of Dr. Mayukh Majumder (Assistant professor), Department of Physics, School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Buddha Nagar, U.P. 201314. E-mail: mayukh.majumder@snu.edu.in , Web: https://sites.google.com/view/nmrmusrindia/home

Project Synopsis
Magnetic systems with frustration is one of the most emerging field in the broad field of strongly correlated
electron systems. The aim of this project is to discover new frustrated materials and stabilize exotic ground state like Quantum Spin Liquid. The major objectives are:

Objectives

  • Screening of compounds in order to discover new disorder-free frustrated magnetic systems. As far as the arrangement of the magnetic moments are concerned, we will be mainly focusing on Kagome and pyrochlore type lattice structures to start with.
  • Synthesize new compounds by solid-state reaction technique.
  • Detailed exploration of the crystal structure by x-ray diffraction (XRD).
  • Evaluating the magnetic properties and the ground state of the compounds by measuring the magnetization and specific heat, resistivity etc.
  • Tuning the ground state by the application of non-thermal parameter e.g. magnetic field, chemical pressure etc.
  • Microscopic investigation will be also performed by utilizing Muon Spin Relaxation / Rotation technique.

Nature of work
Research Student / Project Associate-I will be responsible for the synthesizing new compounds based of Kagome and pyrochlore lattice. Different in-house techniques e.g. XRD, EDX will be utilized in order to characterize the compounds. Furthermore, in order to explore the magnetic ground state, Magnetization and heat capacity will be carried out. Muon Spin Relaxation / Rotation technique have to be done to know the local magnetic properties of the compounds. This project therefore requires a dedicated Research Student / Project Associate-I for preparing samples, performing experiments, analyzing data, and taking part in writing journal articles and attending conferences for presenting results. Research Student / Project Associate-I will also maintain the instruments and train undergraduate students in the lab.

Essential and Desirable Qualifications

  • The candidate should have a Master’s degree (with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent grade) in Physics from a UGC-recognized university.
  • The candidate should have good experimental and analytical skills.
  • The candidate should have good knowledge on condensed matter physics.
  • Candidates with the experience of synthesizing compounds by solid-state synthesis method is desirable.
  • Experience in the characterization techniques like XRD and PPMS is desirable.

Number of positions: One

Duration of the Project: Initially 12 months but can be extended up to 36 months based on the performance and approval of the funding agency.

Fellowship
The funding agency is UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore Centre.  Candidates without valid GATE/NET shall be offered a Project fellow position with remuneration INR 14,000/-pm + HRA and candidates with valid NET/GATE shall be offered Project Associate 1- INR 31,000/-pm + HRA.

Eligible and interested candidates should submit their application with a complete CV (having personal details, academic qualifications, research experience, publications, and also name, affiliation, and email address of two referees), the copies of marksheets/testimonials/certificates and other relevant documents as PDF attachment.

Last date of Application: 30th April 2022.

Short-listed candidates may be requested to appear for an online interview.

About the Physics Department

The Department of Physics at the Shiv Nadar University (SNU) thrives to integrate teaching with research to bring the excitement of discoveries to the classroom and to involve undergraduate students in the research from an early stage of their academic journey. The research topics in the department of physics span from few atoms to the beginning of the universe to the whole saga of materials of technological and societal importance. In particular, the department is committed to equip all the students, scholars, and faculty members to meet and solve the challenges that contemporary society faces in the area of energy, electronics, environment and economic developments via theoretical or computational or experimental research or a combination of them. The department also encourages active collaborations to pursue interdisciplinary research across the university and the globe. Detailed descriptions of research interests of Physics faculty members and other relevant information can be found at  https://physics.snu.edu.in/about/department.

The Physics research laboratories are equipped with basic research facilities, which include clean room, thermal deposition, chemical vapor deposition, pulsed electron deposition, magnetron sputtering, spin coater, ball-milling, vacuum annealing, high temperature oven, high temperature split tube furnaces, hydraulic press, glove box, microwave furnace, fume hoods, bio-safety cabinets, cryostat, XRD, AFM, photoluminescence, Raman spectrometer, PPMS, ellipsometry, FE-SEM, UV-visible-IR spectrophotometers, I-V measurement system, polarization loop-tracer, polarization microscope, fluorescence microscope, surface profiler, viscometer, thermal conductivity, contact angle, and many other instruments within the school of natural sciences.

Besides, the department can avail computational facilities that include a high-performance IBM cluster (“Magus”) having 60-node and 992-cores along with two nodes with GPU processors, delivering a theoretical peak performance of ~30TF. Physics faculty, students and research scholars have full and unlimited access to this facility for their computational research. Also, department has its own computational laboratory where 10 high performance workstations and 20 high-end desktops are available for conducting teaching and research. Several software for molecular modeling, molecular dynamics, quantum chemistry, statistic learning, bioinformatics, and cheminformatics, are also available.

Our central library is a modern 5-storey building and provides online access to the e-books, electronic journals and databases from APS, AIP, ACS, RSC, AMS, SIAM, IOP, Springer, Elsevier, Wiley, Nature, and others.

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