Research Associate / PhD student, Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry

Dresden, Sachsen (DE)
01 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2023
PhD-Plasmon-exciton nanostructures
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), as a University of Excellence, is one of the leading and most dynamic research institutions in the country. Founded in 1828, today it is a globally oriented, regionally anchored top university as it focuses on the grand challenges of the 21st century. lt develops innovative solutions for the world's most pressing issues. In research and academic programs, the university unites the natural and engineering sciences with the humanities, social sciences and medicine. This wide range of disciplines is a special feature, facilitating interdisciplinarity and transfer of science to society. As a modern employer, it offers attractive working conditions to all employees in teaching, research, technology and administration. The goal is to promote and develop their individual abilities while empowering everyone to reach their full potential. TUD embodies a university culture that is characterized by cosmopolitanism, mutual appreciation, thriving innovation and active participation. For TUD diversity is an essential feature and a quality criterion of an excellent university. Accordingly, we welcome all applicants who would like to commit themselves, their achievements and productivity to the success of the whole institution.

At the Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry, the Chair of Physical Chemistry offers a position as

Research Associate / PhD student (m/f/x)
(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

starting May 1, 2023. The position comprises 67,5 % of the full-time weekly hours and is initially limited for 36 months, but ends prematurely at the end of the month, in which the last oral examination and the announcement of the overall result of the doctorate takes place. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz - WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification (e.g. PhD).

The research activities at the Chair of Physical Chemistry are focused on the development of various types of colloidal nanomaterials and their applications. One of them is colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, which have evolved during the last three decades from purely fundamental concepts to real commercial products. These nanomaterials benefit on one hand from their unique size-dependent optoelectronic properties. On the other hand, their solution-based synthesis is a remarkably simple procedure that can be implemented in nearly any chemical laboratory by using common glassware and available chemicals. This project aims at novel hybrid plasmonic‒excitonic nanostructures active in the near-infrared region. As a material platform for the fabrication of these composite structures copper chalcogenide two dimensional (2D) nanocrystals are chosen.

Tasks: The project will combine two main parts: 1) development of a direct colloidal synthesis of semiconductor copper chalcogenide 2D nanomaterials with well controlled dimensions and crystal structure and their chemical transformations via cation exchange reactions into other semiconductor 2D metal chalcogenides, 2) fabrication of composite fluorescent‒plasmonic materials in the form of planar layered assemblies and investigation of interactions between the layers using advanced optical spectroscopy techniques.


  • university degree in (M.Sc. or equivalent) in chemistry or materials sciences; 
  • specialization in synthetic chemistry, physical chemistry, or nanosciences;
  • interest in basic and application-related research; 
  • high self-motivation; 
  • experimental skills; 
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills in the English language; 
  • excellent computer skills.
  • Knowledge in the field of materials synthesis and characterization is advantageous.

For more information, please visit the web page of the Chair or contact Dr. Vladimir Lesnyak (e-mail:

TUD strives to employ more women in academia and research. We therefore expressly encourage women to apply. The University is a certified family-friendly university and offers a Dual Career Service. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. If multiple candidates prove to be equally qualified, those with disabilities or with equivalent status pursuant to the German Social Code IX (SGB IX) will receive priority for employment.

Please submit your comprehensive application (in English or German) including

  • curriculum vitae (CV),
  • one-page motivation letter, 
  • copy of degree certificate and transcript of grades (i.e. the official list of coursework including your grades),
  • proof of English language skills,
  • letter of recommendation from the supervisor of your master thesis (and, if available, a link to your Master’s or diploma thesis)

by February 28, 2023 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies) preferably via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf-document quoting the reference PhD-Plasmon-exciton nanostructures in the subject header to or to: TU Dresden, Fakultät Chemie und Lebensmittelchemie, Professur für Physikalische Chemie, z. Hd. Herrn Dr. Vladimir Lesnyak, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden, Germany. 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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