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Reference number: 2021D-076


Understanding, engineering and control over quantum phenomena of superposition and entanglement in artificially crafted nanostructures is the primary goal of the new and emerging field of Quantum Nanoscience. Quantum nanoscience activity thus directly contributes to the second quantum revolution, which pursues the visions of quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum sensing. Our expertise in low-temperature scanning probe microscopy (LT-SPM) puts us at the centre of the current advances, to a large extent driven by the rapid progress in LT-SPM instrumentation. In the Peter Grünberg Institute - Quantum Nanoscience (PGI-3), we do not only design and construct unique LT-SPM instruments but also apply them in cutting edge experiments.

We are offering a

PhD Position - Study of spin and charge excitations in artificially created nanostructures using an ultra-low temperature SPM in high magnetic fields

Your Job:

Your primary scientific tasks will be:

  • Assembly of nanostructures on atomically clean surfaces using an LT-SPM that combines scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) at temperatures down to 30 millikelvin and magnetic fields of up to 8 Tesla
  • Investigation of spin and charge excitations in the assembled nanostructures using state-of-the-art SPM techniques such as scanning tunneling spectroscopy, pump-probe spectroscopy, and electron spin resonance

You will also be actively involved in:

  • Preparation of scientific publications and presentations
  • Exchange with national and international scientific collaborators
  • Training and mentoring of undergraduate students

Your Profile:

  • Master`s degree in physics with excellent grades
  • Good knowledge of quantum physics
  • Enthusiasm and courage to explore uncharted territory, develop and follow new ideas
  • Programming skills (e.g., Python)
  • Preferably experience in scanning probe microscopy, ultra-high vacuum, and cryogenics
  • Ability to work both independently as well as a part of a team
  • Fluent in written and spoken English

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • A highly motivated international working environment
  • State-of-the-art facilities at PGI-3 including millikelvin STM, high-frequency STM/AFM, four-probe STM
  • Outstanding research and computing infrastructure of one of Europe`s largest research centers
  • Participation in (international) conferences and project meetings
  • Manual and analytical skills that are in high demand both in academia and in high-tech companies
  • Continuous scientific mentoring by your scientific advisor and close cooperation with the rest of the group and institute members
  • A structured doctoral degree programme for you and your supervisors with a comprehensive further training and networking package on our doctoral researchers` platform JuDocs
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service
  • The position is initially for a fixed term of 3 years. Pay in line with 50% - 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund), and additionally 60% of a monthly salary as special payment („Christmas bonus“).

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Additional Information

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