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Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Fest­kör­per- und Werk­stoff­for­schung Dres­den e.V.

The Leib­niz Insti­tute for Solid State and Mater­i­als Research Dresden – in short IFW Dresden – is a non-uni­versity research insti­tute and a mem­ber of the Leib­niz Asso­ci­ation. It is con­cerned with mod­ern mater­i­als sci­ence and com­bines explor­at­ive research in phys­ics, chem­istry and mater­i­als sci­ence with tech­no­lo­gical devel­op­ment of new mater­i­als and products. The IFW employs about 600 people and besides enhan­cing fun­da­mental and applied research devel­op­ment one focus is on the train­ing of young sci­ent­ists.
Fur­ther inform­a­tion at:

PhD-Pos­i­tion: Quant­it­at­ive Mag­netic Force Micro­scopy (qMFM)

Work­ing field:

Mag­netic Force Micro­scopy (MFM) is an import­ant tool for the micro­scopy study of mag­netic phe­nom­ena on the nano­meter scale. A power­ful, but rarely applied option in MFM is the quant­it­at­ive ana­lysis of meas­ured data (qMFM). It requires car­ful con­trol of the exper­i­mental pro­ced­ure and a fully char­ac­ter­ized MFM sensor, but offers a quant­it­at­ive meas­ure of the sample’s stray fields and its under­ly­ing mag­net­iz­a­tion struc­ture on the nano­meter length scale.

The Insti­tute of Metal­lic Mater­i­als at the Leib­niz Insti­tute for Solid State and Mater­i­als Research Dresden (IFW Dresden) offers a PhD pos­i­tion on qMFM, which includes the devel­op­ment of new thin film ref­er­ence samples by mag­net­ron sput­ter­ing or pulsed laser depos­ition, the devel­op­ment of new MFM probes, cal­ib­ra­tion routines, and the ana­lysis of mater­i­als and spin­tronic devices.
The work is embed­ded in the European met­ro­lo­gical research pro­ject Nan­o­Mag and will con­trib­ute to the nano­scale quan­ti­fic­a­tion of stray fields by qMFM.
For fur­ther inform­a­tion please con­tact: Dr. Volker Neu (


Poten­tial Can­did­ates should hold a Mas­ters or Dip­loma degree in Mater­i­als Sci­ence or Phys­ics and should have proven exper­i­mental skills and an affin­ity to numer­ical data ana­lysis.

What we of­fer:

The employ­ment con­tract is lim­ited to 12 months with the pos­sib­il­ity of renewal for 2 more years. The salary is based upon the TV-L rules.
PhD can­did­ates are facil­it­ated to par­ti­cip­ate in the PhD pro­gram to suc­cess­fully com­plete their dis­ser­ta­tion. We offer an attract­ive work place with excel­lent facil­it­ies and envir­on­ment in Dresden.

The IFW would like to increase the pro­por­tion of women in sci­ence. Qual­i­fied women are there­fore expli­citly invited to apply. Severely dis­abled applic­ants are given pref­er­en­tial treat­ment if they have the same qual­i­fic­a­tions.

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tion includ­ing a CV, a motiv­a­tion let­ter describ­ing the research career goals, skills and exper­i­ence, cop­ies of cer­ti­fic­ates should be sent cit­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber DM2102-1(qMFM)/18 no later than April 16th, 2018 as a single pdf-file to: