The Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden) is a non-university research institute and a member of the Leibniz Association. The IFW employs approximately 600 people and one focus is on the training of young scientists (m/f/d) besides enhancing fundamental and applied research development. At the highest international level, the IFW operates modern materials science on a scientific basis and makes the obtained results useful for the economy. The complex and interdisciplinary research work is carried out within the IFW by five scientific institutes, which are supported by a highly developed technical infrastructure. The IFW supports its employees (m/f/d) in reconciling work and family life and regularly submits to the berufundfamilie® audit.
Doctoral Researcher Position (m/f/d)
Controlling strong correlations of high temperature superconductors
with Van der Waals heterostructures
The Institute of Metallic Materials at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden) offers a PhD position on the topic “Controlling strong correlations of high temperature superconductors with Van der Waals heterostuctures” starting from Oct 2021. The employment contract is primarily limited to 12 months and will be extended by another 2 years upon a successful mid-term evaluation. The salary will be based upon the TV-L rules (TV-L E13, 65 %).
We are looking for a highly motivated and team-oriented student (m/f/d), who holds a Master degree in physics, nanoscience. Basic knowledge in nanofabrication and condensed matter physics is welcome. The successful candidate (m/f/d) is enthusiast about fundamental science, highly ambitious and able to establish collaborations. Good communication skills in written and spoken English are required.
The Van der Waals (VdW) heterostructures formed by mechanically stacking layers of 2-Dimensional (2D) materials possess unique properties and new functionalities, not seen in standard materials, that make them irreplaceable platform for emergent electronics. Hindering the progress in utilizing VdW uniqueness is the fact that many of their features, especially the novel topological quantum states and related phenomena are restricted to low temperatures. Employing High Temperature Superconductors (HTSCs) based 2D films for manufacturing VdW heterostructures offers the most advantageous route to increase the temperature range in which the topological states and phenomena associated with VdW devices can be studied and used. Realizing this daunting task requires the understanding of microscopic mechanisms underlying their properties as well as the development of technologies for their engineering and manipulation. Utilizing solvent- and polymer-free nanofabrication advances, our group is now equipped to meet this challenge. The PhD candidate research goal will be to control the strong electronic correlations of HTSCs using VdW heterostructures made of 2D HTSCs. The student will therefore learn nanofabrication and quantum electronic transport techniques.
The institute promotes the professional equality between all genders. In science, the IFW Dresden would like to increase the proportion of woman. Qualified women are therefore explicitly invited to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants (m/f/d) will be given preference.
The application for this position should be submitted by May 31, 2021 and should include a cover letter, CV and copies of the Master.
The reference number is 041-21-2400. Please send the application as a single pdf file (other formats will not be accepted) to the following email-address:
If you have further questions on the position please contact: Dr. Nicola Poccia (n.poccia(at)ifw-dresden.de ), Research group website: https://superpuddles-lab.ifw-dresden.de/ .
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