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PhD Student Position (f/m) "Investigation of ferroelectric domains in strained thin films by means of modern x-ray diffraction techniques"
Published(214 days ago)
Deadline for applications(182 days ago)
Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth (IKZ)Berlin
The Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth (IKZ) is a leading research institution in the area of crystal growth of
technologically important materials for micro-, opto- and power electronics, sensors, optics and laser technology.
This ranges from explorative fundamental research to pre-industrial development. It is part of Forschungsverbund
Berlin e.V. and a member of the Leibniz Association. You may find more details at
We are offering a
PhD Student Position (m/f)
for the topic:
“Investigation of ferroelectric domains in strained thin films by means of modern x-ray diffraction techniques”
At the Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth ferroelectric oxide layers are epitaxially deposited. These shall be
structurally investigated by means of modern x-ray diffraction techniques (including the use of highly brilliant
synchrotron radiation). In ferroelectric thin films complex, periodic domain patterns are frequently observed with
corresponding structure sizes in the nanometer regime. The main focus of the present work are phase transitions
which shall be tracked in-situ as a function of temperature. For a detailed interpretation of the experimental
intensity distributions structural models have to be developed along with numerical simulations of the diffraction pattern.
Applicants must hold a master degree either in physics, chemistry, materials science or related fields with relevant experience.
Skills in at least two of the fields: materials science, x-ray diffraction, epitaxy, piezoelectricity / ferroelectricity, and synchrotron radiation.
You enjoy working in a motivated team.
Good English language skills written and oral.
For academic questions please contact: Dr. Martin Schmidbauer, Tel.: +49 30/6392-3079, email:
The employment will be limited to three years and paid according to the TVöD Bund (labour agreement) (75 %). Among
equally qualified applicants, preference will be given to disabled candidates. The IKZ is an equal opportunity employer
and actively supports reconciliation of work and family life.
We await your informative application with reference to the job number K18/17, including the usual documents, by
January 22nd, 2018. Please send email to Mrs. Ruthenberg: