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IFW Dres­den e.V. - Leib­niz Insti­tute for Solid State and Mater­i­als Research Dresden

The Leib­niz Insti­tute for Solid State and Mater­i­als Research Dresden – in short IFW Dresden – is a nonuni­versity 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 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 in recon­cil­ing work and fam­ily life and reg­u­larly sub­mits to the beru­fund­fam­ilie® audit. Fur­ther inform­a­tion at:

Doc­toral Researcher Pos­i­tion (m/f/d)

Van der Waals het­ero­struc­tures with high tem­per­at­ure super­con­duct­ors

Work­ing field:

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
“Topo­lo­gical super­con­duct­iv­ity in com­plex quantum mater­i­als in a wide range of tem­per­at­ures and external-fields” start­ing from Sep 2020.


Your pro­file: We are look­ing for a highly motiv­ated and team-ori­ented stu­dent, who holds a Mas­ter degree in phys­ics, nanos­cience, chem­istry or mater­ial sci­ence. Basic know­ledge in con­densed mat­ter phys­ics is wel­come. The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate is enthu­si­ast about fun­da­mental sci­ence, highly ambi­tious and able to estab­lish col­lab­or­a­tions. Very good com­mu­nic­a­tion skills in writ­ten and spoken Eng­lish are required.

What we of­fer:

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 is based upon the TV-L rules (E13; 65%).
Pro­ject descrip­tion: Most of topo­lo­gical quantum phe­nom­ena are bounded to a nar­row tem­per­at­ure range and low tem­per­at­ures. Thus, rais­ing their oper­at­ing tem­per­at­ure is a press­ing albeit daunt­ing task. One of the most prom­ising routes to con­trol novel states of mat­ter in topo­lo­gical super­con­duct­ors is the use of the Van der Waals het­ero­struc­tures, non-nat­ural solids formed by mech­an­ic­ally stack­ing lay­ers of 2-D mater­i­als, which pos­sess unique prop­er­ties to serve as a plat­form for new func­tion­al­it­ies. In this pro­ject, the assembly of com­plex devices via stack­ing of atom­ic­ally thin super­con­duct­ing crys­tals - with rel­at­ively high oper­a­tion tem­per­at­ure - will be estab­lished. Then, the topo­lo­gical and super­con­duct­ing prox­im­ity effects of the het­ero­struc­tures will be invest­ig­ated. Ulti­mately the goal of the pro­ject is to cre­ate new path­ways for tun­able devices based on com­plex quantum mater­i­als func­tion­ing in a wide range of tem­per­at­ures.

How to ap­ply:

The IFW is aim­ing to increase the per­cent­age of women in sci­ence. Qual­i­fied women are there­fore expli­citly invited to apply. Severely han­di­capped per­sons (m/f/d) will be pre­ferred for the same qual­i­fic­a­tion set.
If you have fur­ther ques­tions on the pos­i­tion, please con­tact:
Dr. Nic­ola Poc­cia (
Applic­a­tion includ­ing a CV, a motiv­a­tion let­ter describ­ing the research career goals, skills and exper­i­ence, cop­ies of all cer­ti­fic­ates should be sent cit­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber A2107-1/20 not later than June 30th, 2020 online as a single pdf-file (other formats will not be accep­ted) to: