PhD Student - Chaotic dynamics of a relativistic and topologically protected magnetic texture (Closed)

Pre-doctoral position
Position category: PhD Student
Reference: 2024/07
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: 2024/03/21
For more info contact the supervisors:
Rubén Miguel Otxoa
How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for the above mentioned position. This is a unique opportunity for highly motivated students, recently graduated from the university in Physics or related fields, to join one of DIPC’s high-profile research teams.

The role

The PhD position will cover theoretical advancements, as well as simulation and experimental evaluation on the topic of antiferromagnetic domain wall dynamics, in particular exploring practical implementations on neuromorphic tasks Specifically, the PhD student will be involved in:

  • Studying the state-of-the-art techniques of relativistic dynamics of topological textures
  • Atomistic spin dynamics simulations
  • Brain-inspired computation, in particular reservoir computing.
  • Chaotic dynamics characterization by complexity parameter and Lyapunov exponents.

The Ph.D. student will benefit intellectually from the interaction with internationally recognized researchers, well-equipped environments and the diverse community of the Donostia International Physics Center. The candidate can also benefit from regular visits to the Cavendish laboratories (Cambridge University) in the UK.

Desired background & competences

Experience: The ideal candidate should have some knowledge and experience in some of the following topics:

  • Quantum Physics
  • Magnetism
  • Special theory of relativity
  • Chaos

Skills: Programming expertise is required, especially in languages such as Matlab, Mathematica, Python, C/C++ or Fortran.

Language Skills: Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are required. Communication skills in Spanish are not necessary although they may be helpful.

Working conditions

  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales
  • Target start date: 2024/05/06

We provide a highly stimulating research environment, and unique professional career development opportunities.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The center

DIPC is a research center whose mission is to perform and catalyze cutting-edge research in physics and related disciplines, as well as to convey scientific culture to society. Located in Donostia / San Sebastian (Basque Country, Spain), DIPC was born from a strategic alliance of both public institutions and private companies. Since 2008 DIPC is a 'Basque Excellence Research Center' (BERC) recognized by the Basque Government's Department of Education. In 2019, DIPC was also recognized as a "Severo Ochoa" Excellence Center by the Spanish Research Agency.

About the team

The team is composed by an additional PhD student and several collaborations are formed with University of Cambridge, CSIC, University of York, University of Edingburg and Univ. of BAsque Country. The PI of the team is Dr. Rubén M. Otxoa de Zuazola.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit an updated CV and a brief statement of interest to the following application email below. 

Reference letters are welcome but not indispensable.

The reference of the specific opening to which the candidate is applying should be stated in the subject line, and the application must be received before the application deadline.

Although candidates are welcome to contact the project supervisors to know further details about the proposed research activity, please be aware that the application will be evaluated only if it is submitted directly to the email address listed below as application email.

Selection process

Applications received by the deadline will be evaluated by a Committee designed by the DIPC board on the basis of the following criteria:

  • CV of the candidate (60%)
  • Adequacy of the candidate’s scientific background to the project (20%)
  • Reference letters (10%)
  • Other: Diversity in gender, race, nationality, etc. (10%)

Evaluation results will be communicated to the candidates soon after. Positions will only be filled if qualified candidates are found.

The DIPC may revoke its decision if the candidate fails to join by the appointed time, in which case the position will be awarded to the candidate with the next highest score, provided it is above 50 (out of 100).

However, the selected candidate may keep the position if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, the candidate duly justifies the reasons why he or she cannot join before the specified deadline, and as long as the project allows it.


The resolution of this opening has been already published. You can download it here.