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RAMP NVM Materials Modeling Intern-Spin Hall Angle - PhD

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Location: San Jose, CA, United States 
Req ID: 9000001346


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We are seeking highly motivated students to be a part of our RAMP program.  These paid summer internship opportunities are designed to jump start your career, offering on-the-job training and a robust summer of events.  As a RAMP participant, you'll work alongside technology industry professionals on real-world projects, giving you the tools and experience to get your career off the ground. You get to work alongside the brightest minds in the industry to drive the innovation necessary to outpace new demands and challenges created by data. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of what data can do. Help unlock its full potential.  


Metals with high spin hall angles have shown great promise for future low power SOT-MRAM.  This intern will focus on (1) developing algorithms and code components that help accelerate spin hall conductivity calculations using either a KKR multiple scattering formalism or a Wannier functional approach for complex crystals and (2) applying these first principle approaches to predict the intrinsic spin hall conductivity in ordered alloys and multilayers based on metals with strong spin-orbit coupling.   

  • Current student pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Material Science, Chemistry or Physics.
  • Background in magnetism and magnetic materials preferred
  • Knowledge of atomistic, ab-initio computational modeling techniques such as density functional theory.  Experience with first principle codes including KKR-CPA approaches, VASP, Quantum Espresso, & Wannier90.
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Strong research skills
  • Excellent computer and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and motivational skills
  • Outstanding attention to detail and observation ability
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal abilities
  • Strong work ethic
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