Eleven of our fifteen ERSs have now been recruited by SPEAR’s beneficiaries and have begun working on their research projects. (Our remaining four ESRs will join in the coming months!)

We will be able to get a glimpse of their experience as MSCA fellows through the newly launched ESR Blog, where SPEAR’s researchers will post periodically about their work at their host institution or their secondments, their training events or their new life in a new country.

We look forward to reading all about it! Head over to the ESR Blog in our website’s Communication section.

Last two ESRs selected!

Our ESR selection process has now come to an end! Our two remaining researchers, ESRs 13 and 14, have now been selected. Meet…

Zhewen Xu, from China. Zhewen obtained his bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Tongji University and recently completed his Master’s degree in Material Science at RWTH Aachen, Germany. He is set to join QZabre in Zurich (Switzerland) this October, where he will begin working on this research project (IRP13) is “Skyrmions: Imaging and Characterization at Ambient Conditions via Scanning NV Magnetometry” under the supervision of Dr Gabriel Puebla-Hellmann.

Kuldeep Ray, comes from India. After a Bachelor’s in Technology in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Kuldeep began his Erasmus Mundus Master in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at KU Leuven and TU Dresden, which he expects to complete in October. In November he will join ANTAIOS, where he will embark on his PhD thesis on IRP14, “Low current SOT-MRAM for integration in functional devices“, under the supervision of Dr. Marc Drouard.

Meet ESRs 9 and 10!

Our two latest recruits, Sergio Leiva and Ismael Ribeiro, are our first from across the Atlantic! They will join Prof. Ingrid Mertig’s team at Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg.

Sergio Leiva is from Chile. After a Bachelor’s in Physics, Sergio completed his Master’s thesis, Spin Dynamics mediated by non-equilibrium electrons, from Universidad de Chile. In October he will embark on his PhD thesis on IRP9, Search for efficient spin-to-charge conversion based on the Edelstein effect, under the supervision of Prof. Ingrid Mertig.

Ismael Ribeiro, from Brazil, has a B.Sc. Physics from Federal University of Goiás and a M.Sc. in Physics (From the Keldysh formalism to spin drift and diffusion equation) from the Federal University of Uberlândia. Like Sergio, he will join the SPEAR network in October. His chosen topic is IRP10, Optimization of the skyrmion motion for racetrack applications, which will be supervised by Prof. Ingrid Mertig.

Latest Recruits!

We can now welcome three new recruits to our Poject! Introducing…

Nazareno Sacchi, from Italy. Nazareno obtained his bachelor’s degree in Physical Engineering at Politecnico de Torino and is currently pursuing a triple Master’s degree in Nanotechnologies for ICT in institutions in Italy, France, Switzerland and Belgium. Upon completion of his MSc he will join IMEC (Belgium) as a predoctoral researcher under the supervision of Dr. Arindam Mallik. The title of his research project (IRP6) is “Design-Technology Co-optimization techniques for enablement of MRAM-based Machine Learning hardware”.

Paolo Sgarro, also from Italy, studied Physical Engineering at Politecnico de Torino. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree he embarked on a master’s degree in Physical Engineering at the same university. He is now completing an internship at Spintec (France), where he will stay on as ESR8 to work on “Electric-field control of the spin-orbit conversion in Rashba interfaces” under the supervision of Dr. Jean-Philippe Attané.

Maha Khademi is from Iran. She graduated from Iran University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Physics, and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Condensed Matter Physics at Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran). She will soon join the swedish company NanOsc (Sweden), where she will work as a predoctoral researcher under Prof. Johan Åkerman’s supervision on IRP15, “Voltage controlled operation and mutual synchronization of MTJ-based spin Hall nano-oscillator chains and arrays for neuromorphic computing”

Get to know our new ESRs on our Researchers page!

Welcome to SPEAR, Maha, Paolo and Nazareno!

Two New Recruits

Our two newest recruits are Salvatore Teresi (ESR7, Spintec-CEA) and Mayank Sharma (ESR2, nanoGUNE). Welcome to SPEAR!

Salvatore Teresi obtained his degree in Physical Engineering from the Polictecnico di Torino in Italy and recently completed his Master’s Degree in Nanotechnologies for ICT from the same university, which included an 11-month ERASMUS stay at Grenoble INP-Phelma (France). In September he will join Dr. Laurent Vila’s team at Spintec to work on IRP7, “Spin-charge conversion in topological insulators“.

Mayank Sharma is currently enrolled in the Master of Technology in Functional Materials and Nanotechnology at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He was awarded a DAAD scholarship to carry out his master’s project at TU Munich and the Walther Meissner Institute in Garching (Germany), where he is now finishing his investgation on the spin Hall magnetoresistance in different cubic, magnetically ordered iron oxides. In September he will join Dr. Luis Hueso’s team at nanoGUNE to work on IRP2, “2D van der Waals magnetic heterostructures“.

Read more about Salvatore, Mayank and the rest of our recruited researchers here!

Three more ESRs selected!

Our recruitment process continues, and we can now introduce three more of SPEAR’s ESRs! Meet…

Vishesh Saxena, from India. Vishesh is currently carrying out his Master’s in Nanoscience at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (University of Groningen), investigating the opto-spintronics and magnonics of 2D materials. After his defense this summer, he will begin working on SPEAR’s IRP11, “Antiferromagnetic Skyrmions in ultrathin films” under the supervision of Dr. Kirsten von Bergmann (Uni Hamburg).

Arturo Rodríguez, from Spain. Arturo is carrying out his Master’s in Condensed Matter Physics and Biological Systems at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain. Like Vishesh, he will graduate this summer and will begin working on SPEAR’s IRP12 “Skyrmions in proximity to a superconductor with large spin-orbit coupling” under the supervision of Dr. Kirsten von Bergmann (Uni Hamburg).

Niklas Kercher, from Germany. Niklas recently finished his Master’s in Materials Science at RWTH Aachen University (Germany), where he studied the the growth of indium antimonide nanowires and their transport porperties. He will soon join Prof. Gambardella’s research group at ETH Zürich to start workin on IRP4, “Investigation of current-induced magnetic and spin-orbit effects in 2D materials”.

Welcome to SPEAR, Vishesh, Arturo and Niklas!

Get to know Vishesh, Arturo, Niklas and our other ESRs on our Researchers page!

Meet our first three ESRs!

SPEAR’s recruitment process is underway and some of the project supervisors have already selected the of the early-stage researchers who will be working with them!

Marco Hoffman (Germany) obtained his Master’s degree in Physics from Heidelberg University last year. He has recently moved to Switzerland to join Prof. Pietro Gambardella’s research group at ETH Zürich and begin his work on IRP3, “Fast switching dynamics of three terminal magnetic tunnel junctions“.

Kaiquan Fan (China) is currently finishing up his Master’s degree in Material Science and Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen). He will join IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) to work on IRP5, “Exploration of new materials for reducing writing current of SOT-MRAM cells“, under the supervision of Dr. Sebastien Couet.

Eoin Dolan (Ireland) will defend his Joint European Master’s in Surface, Electro, Radiation and Photo-Chemistry at the end of August and then join nanoGUNE’s Nanodevices group (San Sebastian, Spain), where he will work on IRP1, “Graphene-based heterostructures for spin-orbit logic devices“, under the supervision of Dr. Fèlix Casanova.

Welcome to SPEAR, Marco, Kaiquan and Eoin!!

Read more about our new recruits on out website’s new Researchers page!

SPEAR is underway!

The SPEAR Project is underway!

Today beneficiaries and partner organisations met over Zoom for the project’s kick-off meeting.

After the participants introduced themselves and presented their role in SPEAR, the different work packages were reviewed, with a special emphasis on organisational work-packages and the obligations and responsibilities of the participants.

We are excited to begin working on SPEAR, and our first goal is to recruit the 15 young researchers that will carry out their PhDs with us in the field of Spin-Orbitronics.

Check out our open positions here!

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