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IFW Dres­den e.V. - Fest­kör­per- und Werk­stoff­for­schung

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. 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:

PhD Pos­i­tion

in Elec­tron Spin Res­on­ance and Mag­neto­metry on Mag­netic Topo­lo­gical Mater­i­als (m/f/d)

Work­ing field:

The Rese­arch Team “Mag­netic Prop­er­ties” at the Insti­tute for Solid State Rese­arch, IFW Dres­den, is cur­rently look­ing for an excel­lent stu­dent to fill a Doc­toral Rese­ar­cher Pos­i­tion in elec­tron spin res­on­ance (ESR) spec­tros-copy on mag­netic topo­lo­gical mater­i­als and com­ple­ment­ing sta­tic mag­neto­metry stud­ies. The pos­i­tion will remain open until fil­led.

Since the dis­cov­ery of topo­lo­gical insu­lat­ors fea­tur­ing sym­metry pro­tec­ted metal­lic sta­tes at the sur­face, there is an ever-grow­ing inte­rest in explor­ing the inter­play bet­ween mag­net­ism and elec­tro­nic topo­lo­gical sur­face sta­tes, which can give rise to exo­tic topo­lo­gical sta­tes of mat­ter, such as the quan­tum anom­al­ous Hall state, the axion insu­lator state, and mag­netic Weyl and nodal lines semi­metals.

The aim of the doc­toral rese­arch is an exper­i­men­tal study of mag­netic prop­er­ties of a new emer­ging class of mater­i­als, the laye­red mag­netic van der Waals (vdW) com­pounds that fea­ture both a non-tri­vial elec­tro­nic topo­logy and intrin­sic mag­net­ism. The main focus will be on ESR spec­tro­scopy at sub-THz fre­quen­cies and strong mag­netic fields and its com­bin­a­tion with elec­tri­cal trans­port, in par­tic­u­lar elec­tric­ally detec­ted ESR. These stud­ies will be com­ple­men­ted by com­pre­hens­ive mag­netic char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion of mater­i­als by sta­tic mag­neto­metry meth­ods. In par­al­lel, the elec­tro­nic struc­ture of the vdW mag­nets will be stud­ied by angle resol­ved pho­toe­mis­sion spec­tro­scopy, which will make pos­sible to assess cor­rel­a­tions bet­ween the obser­ved sta­tic and dyna­mic mag­netic prop­er­ties and the topo­lo­gical sur­face band struc­ture.

This doc­toral rese­arch pro­ject will be a part of the recently estab­lished Dres­den-Würz­burg Cen­ter of Excel­lence - Com­plex­ity and Topo­logy in Quan­tum Mat­ter (ct.qmat):

The doc­toral stu­dent will be embed­ded in the excit­ing most act­ive rese­arch envir­on­ments on topo­lo­gical con­den­sed mat­ter phys­ics world­wide - the Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den tog­e­ther with its exter­nal rese­arch insti­tutes (Helm­holtz-Zen­trum Dres­den-Ros­sen­dorf, Leib­niz IFW Dres­den, Max Planck Insti­tutes MPI PKS and MPI CPfS) and the Julius-Max­imili­ans-Uni­ver­si­tät Würz­burg.


We expect from the suc­cess­ful can­did­ate a Mas­ter’s degree in Phys­ics (a back­ground in Solid State Phys­ics and in ESR is bene­fi­cial) as well as high motiv­a­tion, cre­ativ­ity, and an enthu­si­astic inte­rest in exper­i­men­tal rese­arch. Very good com­mu­nic­a­tion skills in Eng­lish are a fur­ther expect­a­tion.

What we of­fer:

The employ­ment con­tract is lim­ited to 36 mon­ths with the pos­sib­il­ity of rene­wal. The remu­ner­a­tion is based upon the TV-L rules (EG 13, 50%).

How to ap­ply:

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

If you are inter­ested in the pos­i­tion, please send your app­lic­a­tion includ­ing a CV, a motiv­a­tion let­ter describ­ing the rese­arch career goals, skills and exper­i­ence, cop­ies of cer­ti­fic­ates and the names and con­tact details of two ref­er­ences cit­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber (DM1009-2/19) as a sin­gle pdf file (other for­mats will not be accep­ted) to:

For fur­ther inform­a­tion please con­tact Dr. Vla­dis­lav Kataev at
and Dr. Kavita Meh­lawat at