Reference No.: EM 2017/3
The Department of Quantum Phenomena in Novel Materials undertakes world leading research in quantum and frustrated magnetism, multifunctional materials and superconductivity. As well as operating several X-ray and neutron instruments it also offers a state-of-the-art materials synthesis program and the full range of standard sample characterization facilities including X-ray Laue and powder diffraction, magnetization, specific heat and transport measurements.
Topic of the doctoral thesis:
“Investigations of Topological and Quantum Magnets“
The PhD student will investigate topological and quantum magnets with particular focus on frustrated and low dimensional magnetism where current research has revealed exotic phases such as classical and quantum spin ice which exhibit monopole excitations, new forms of topological order and fractional excitations. These phenomena will be investigated using primarily the experimental techniques of neutron and X-ray scattering along with materials synthesis and characterization. Pressure and magnetic field will be used to tune the ground states and provide additional insight, while deeper understanding will also be gained by performing computer simulations and by collaboration with theorists.
Applicants should have or be close to finishing a master/diploma degree in physics and should have taken courses in condensed matter physics.
Please enclose with your application the following documents:
Motivation letter, CV and the contact details of at least two academic references.
What we offer
Fixed term contract for 36 months. The employment contract is based on contracts for the German civil service (TVöD-Bund).
We particularly welcome applications from women. Preference will be given to handicapped applicants provided equal suitability.
How to apply
Have we sparked your interest? Then we look forward to receiving your
application by February 8, 2017.
CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Prof. Bella Lake
phone: +40 30 8062 42058
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) operates two large facilities for materials research: the neutron source BER II and the synchrotron source BESSY II, which provide deep insights into the structure of materials and the processes within complex systems. Other important focuses of HZB research are thin film photovoltaics and solar fuels. Each year around 3,000 scientists use the HZB infrastructure facilities.
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