Research Associate / PhD Student - Faculty of Physics

Dresden, (DE)
15 May 2019
End of advertisement period
04 Jun 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

The newly established Dresden–Würzburg Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat “Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter” at the Faculty of Physics at TU Dresden offers at the earliest possible date a position as 

Research Associate / PhD Student  
(Subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L) 

at the crossover of Materials Chemistry and Solid State Physics. The position entails 75 % of the fulltime weekly hours and is limited for three years. The period of employment is governed by Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitgesetz – WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification (e.g. PhD).

As one of the few approved Clusters of Excellence in Germany ct.qmat is aimed at understanding, controlling and applying quantum materials. It will lay the foundation for a globally leading centre for quantum materials research. Involved researchers come from the fields of physics, chemistry and materials science.  

The ct.qmat project "New van-der-Waals-bonded magnetic topological insulators and Weyl semimetals" in particular explores magnetic topological insulators from the recently discovered family of manganese-bismuth chalcogenides. Particular tasks to be tackled are: (i) crystal-growth and tailored chemical optimization of these compounds and their doped derivatives; (ii) study of macroscopic magnetic and transport properties; (iii) spin-dependent surface electronic structure as well as local magnetic and electronic properties of the 3d ions. This project will strengthen the ongoing collaboration between the responsible groups at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) and Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) on magnetic topological insulators that commenced in 2018. The project goal is to unravel the interplay between magnetism and topological properties. 

The PhD project will be conducted at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW Dresden) in the newly founded group of Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Isaeva in strong collaboration with the Faculty of Physics and the Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry of TUD as well as JMU.  

Tasks: The successful applicant will work on synthesis, crystal growth and structure characterization of novel, perspective candidates for magnetic topological insulators, in particular: 

  • conduct and fine-tune crystal-growth techniques, including chemical vapor transport reactions, flux growth, microwave-assisted synthesis;
  • perform explorative synthesis in order to identify new promising material candidates and study their thermochemical properties;
  • elucidate crystal structures by combined powder / single-crystal X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy;
  • work in a strong, interdisciplinary team of chemists, experimental physicists and theoreticians and coordinate the “chemistry” input for the studies of the physical phenomena.

Requirements: university degree (M.Sc., Dipl.) in materials science, chemistry or related disciplines with practical experience in solid-state synthesis and X-ray diffraction; preferably basic competences in solid state physics / magnetism; good spoken and written English;  ability to work creatively and independently; outstanding commitment and willingness to integrate into the existing team as well as to take over responsibility. 

We offer an intensive mentoring in an attractive scientific environment in combination with an excellent infrastructure. Further information on ct.qmat can be obtained via the web addresses and  

Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities. 

Please submit your comprehensive application including a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, certificates and two contacts for references by 04.06.2019 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies) via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf document to or to TU Dresden, Fakultät Physik, Institut für Festkörper- und Materialphysik, Frau Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Isaeva, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden. Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.  

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