Reference No.: QM 2022/12

The Institute of Quantum Phenomena in Novel Materials undertakes world leading research in quantum and frustrated magnetism, multifunctional materials and superconductivity. As well as operating several X-ray instruments at the BESSY synchrotron, we also host the Core Laboratory for Quantum Materials which offers state-of-the-art materials synthesis and the full range of sample characterization facilities including X-ray Laue and powder diffraction, magnetization, specific heat and transport measurements. Neutron scattering experiments performed at external facilities are also a major activity and we interpret our data via extensive collaboration with our theoretical colleagues.
As a doctoral student in our team you will study quantum materials with particular emphasis on quantum and topological magnets. Recent research has brought to light exotic phases and excitations such as classical and quantum spin ice which host monopoles and new forms of topological orders such as spin liquids with spinon excitations. These phenomena will be investigated by identifying materials that exhibit these properties and using the experimental techniques of physical property measurement and neutron and x-ray scattering to study their behaviour.

Your Tasks

  • You will perform synchrotron x-ray and neutron scattering experiments to explore the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of quantum magnets.
  • You will measure macroscopic physical properties using different laboratory techniques such as magnetization and heat capacity.
  • You will gain an understanding of the physical processes through complex data analysis and computer simulations.
  • You will work in close collaboration with theoretical physicists to test models and develop new insights.

Your Profile

  • Master’s degree / diploma in condensed matter physics
  • Good knowledge of the field of magnetism

Your Benefits at HZB

  • Working as part of an international team with highly motivated colleagues
  • Access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • Possibilities of collaboration and exchange within the Helmholtz association and beyond
  • Work in the research environment of the science metropolis Berlin
  • Flexible work hours, mobile working up to three days/week and 30 days paid leave
  • Comprehensive counselling services for family and career
  • Health management and company sports programmes
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • A company pension scheme (VBL)

Fixed term contract for 36 months. The salary is based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service (TVöD-Bund).

How to apply

Please attach the following documents to your application: 

  • Cover letter describing your research interest
  • CV including the stages of your career and your research experience 
  • The contact details of at least two academic references
  • Your academic certificates

We look forward to receiving your application via our application management system by 12.08.2022. For reasons of data protection regulations, we are unfortunately unable to consider applications that reach us by email or by mail in the application process.

We strive to increase the proportion of female employees and are therefore particularly pleased to receive applications from women. Disabled applicants with equal aptitude are given preference.For German version, please click on the following link: German Version.


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