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PhD Student (f/m/d) for the Investigation of Quantum Materials (Master/Diploma in Physics)

HZB is looking for a PhD student who will investigate quantum materials with particular focus on frustrated and topological magnets

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 31 Jul 2020
  • Germany | Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
  • Date posted: 25 Jun 2020
  • Job type: Academic: PhD/MSc
  • Disciplines: Quantum science & technology  | Materials science 

The institute 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 instruments at the BESSY synchrotron, it also hosts the Core Laboratory for Quantum Materials which offers state-of-the-art materials synthesis and the full range of sample characterization facilities including X-ray Laue and powder diffraction, magnetization, specific heat and transport measurements. Neutron scattering experiments performed at external facilities are also a major activity and our data are interpreted via extensive collaboration with our theoretical colleagues.

The PhD student will investigate quantum materials with particular focus on frustrated and topological magnets. Current research has revealed exotic phases and excitations such as classical and quantum spin ice which exhibit monopole excitations, and new forms of topological order such as spin liquids with spinon excitations. These phenomena will be investigated by identifying materials which display these properties and using the experimental techniques of bulk physical properties measurements as well as neutron and X-ray scattering to study their behaviour. The PhD student is expected to gain understanding of the physical processes by performing complex data analysis and computer simulations, close collaboration with theoretical physicists will also provide insights.

Applicants should have or be close to finishing a master/diploma degree in physics and should have taken courses in condensed-matter physics.

Please attach the following documents to your application: Motivation letter, CV and the contact details of at least two academic references.

What we offer
Fixed term contract for 36 months . The salary is based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service (TVöD-Bund).

We particularly welcome applications from women. Preference will be given to handicapped applicants provided equal suitability.

How to apply
We look forward to receiving your application via our application management system by 31.07.2020. For reasons of data protection regulations, we are unfortunately unable to consider applications that reach us by email or by mail in the application process.

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109 Berlin

Contact for further information:
Prof. Bella Lake Phone: +49 30 8062-42058

We conduct research on complex materials in order to contribute solutions for the energy transition. Our research portfolio includes solar cells, solar fuels, and materials for new, energy-efficient information technologies as well as electrochemical energy storage and catalysis. At our synchrotron radiation source BESSY II we therefore offer unique experimental possibilities. Our state of the art infrastructures serve an international user community as well.

SCIENCE + CAREER + DIVERSITY = HZB … is the formula for our successful human resources policy. We offer wide-ranging internal and external qualification opportunities for our employees, including special support for junior scientists. Our family friendly workplace policy includes flexible working hours and telework arrangements. HZB values diversity as driver for successful scientific collaborative work and promotes a supportive working atmosphere for people from all backgrounds.



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