Early-Stage Research Fellow, Institute for Materials Science of Barcelona – PhD Position


INPhINIT, ”la Caixa” Doctoral Fellowship Programme is  devoted to attract international Early-Stage Researchers to top Spanish research centres, offering an attractive and competitive environment for excellent research.

INPhINIT offers a 3-year employment contract, including trasnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility opportunities, and attend a full range of complementary training courses and workshops.

Within this Program, we are looking for excellent candidates to join the Multifunctional Thin Films and Complex Oxides lab to work on these research projects:


1.- Photo-writing in ferroelectric green memory devices
2.- Pure spin currents: a toggle for energy-efficient control of magnetic memories
3.- Breaking symmetry and conventional wisdoms for efficient photovoltaics
4.- Low-Loss Multifunctional Plasmonic Metamaterials
5.- Dynamical modulation of electron spins with microwaves
6- Bioinspired Magnetic Nanodevices
7.- Ferroelectric nano-oscillators for pattern recognition and social networks


Open call for the INPhINIT “La Caixa” Doctoral Fellowship Programme – Opportunities at ICMAB-CSIC





ICMAB PhD Programme Severo Ochoa fellowships. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION 3rd OCTOBER 2017


ICMAB PhD Programme Severo Ochoa fellowships

Within the program,  PhD fellowships are offered by the ICMAB-CSIC for the academic year 2017-2018


A) Energy-efficient control of magnetic memories by spin currents.

Ferran Macià 


B) Plasmonics in Multifunctional Nanophotonic Circuits.

Gervasi Herranz









Fellowships to conduct a PhD within the DOC-FAM COFUND doctoral programme coordinated by ICMAB

Available research projects 1st Call (2017)
Deadline 30th November 2017
      –  Dynamic modulation of plasmons in multifunctional nanophotonic circuits (Dr. Gervasi Herranz)
      –  Dynamical modulation of electron spins with microwaves (Dr. Gervasi Herranz)
      –  Polar materials for efficient light energy harvesting (Prof. Josep Fontcuberta)

“Internships and Collaboration Grants”






Engineering brain-like neurons and synapse with ferroelectrics

Supervisor: Josep Fontcuberta

In principle ferroelectric memories can be built and designed to mimic some learning aspects on neuronal networks. The candidate will learn about how to fabricate ferroelectric memories and to test them with the vision to determine their potential performance The student will be integrated to the MULFOX group at ICMAB (http://www.icmab.es/mulfox/)


Ferroelectric materials for photovoltaics

Supervisor: Josep Fontcuberta

Ferroelectric materials are being explored as new candidates for solar energy harvesting. The candidate will joint a team of people working on this subject. He/she and learn why and how ferroelectric materials can be useful and the appropriate techniques for growing, tailoring the band gap for enlarged photon absorption and testing. The student will be integrated to the MULFOX group at ICMAB (http://www.icmab.es/mulfox/).


Transparent metals for flat panel displays

Supervisor: Josep Fontcuberta

Displays are the most costly part of current tablets and smart telephones and some currently employed elements are expensive and rare. Therefore alternatives are required. The candidate will join a running project aiming to explore radically new routes. The student will be integrated to the MULFOX group at ICMAB (http://www.icmab.es/mulfox/).


New Materials for robust memories

Supervisor: Ignasi Fina

The project involves the growing of the antiferromagnetic material in thin film form on top of inexpensive substrates. The main body of the project focuses on basic characterization using a wide range of characterization techniques: structural, morphological, compositional, magnetometric and transport. Importantly, these techniques can be extrapolated to the characterization of any magnetic material. The student will also lead the functional tests of the material for being used as a memory element using transport or optical (by the use of the synchrotron light at ALBA) techniques.


Using light to study new materials for electronics

Supervisor: Gervasi Herranz

In our lab we are investigating new materials for applications in information technologies. One of our research lines aims at modulating the information stored in magnetic moments by the application of electric field pulses that, in turn, generate strain waves that stretch/squeeze locally the ferromagnet and change its magnetic state. We study these phenomena optically: the student will be trained in optical imaging and spectroscopy. Also, the candidate will have the opportunity to learn how devices can be designed to the ca. 100 nm scale by electron-beam lithography.


Spin currents in nanostructures

Supervisor: Ferran Macià

Spin currents may complement digital semiconductor technologies and offer new possibilities for memory capacity and computational performance of particular importance as semiconductor devices miniaturization approaches fundamental limits. This research project aims at studying the possibility of using spin currents (with no electrical charge) in nanostructured materials as information carriers. We will excite dynamical magnetic modes that can pump spins into a neighboring material. The project includes nanofabrication and measurements of microwaves in the fabricated structures.



Make Your PhD at MULFOX and discover and enjoy research!

A Call for Grants is just opened. Who can apply ?: EU Nationals, holding a Degree and a Master on: Physics, Materials Science, Geology (Crystallography), Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Engineering, and related education profiles.

Good marks. Scientific curiosity and enthusiasm and good communication skills.

Click here to open  our projects.

The details of the Grant Call (in Spanish):


IMPORTANT: The deadline for application is on 6 February 2015. Interested candidates should contact us well ahead.