Postdoc in SPM-based nanofabrication of molecular devices and machines (f/m/d)
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Conducting research for a changing society: This is what drives us at Forschungszentrum Jülich. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, we aim to tackle the grand societal challenges of our time and conduct research into the possibilities of a digitized society, a climate-friendly energy system, and a resource-efficient economy. Work together with around 6,400 employees in one of Europe’s biggest research centres and help us to shape change!
Fundamental research in quantum nanoscience is of utmost importance for the emerging quantum technologies, including quantum computing. We use our extensive knowledge in surface science and nanoscience to contribute to quantum nanoscience and its primary goal: the manipulation and exploitation of quantum-coherent functionality in nanostructures.
We are offering a position as
Postdoc in SPM-based nanofabrication of molecular devices and machines
This position is part of an ERC-funded research project led by Dr. Christian Wagner which is focused on the development and application of controlled manipulation of individual molecules with an LT-STM / AFM. To this end, we combine the expertise of experimental and theoretical physicists as well as machine learning experts in a single team. We have developed the MoMaLab which integrates the SPM with an advanced, AI-based, control infrastructure developed for molecular manipulation.
As part of Dr. Wagner’s team you will use the MoMaLab to fabricate, characterize, and use functional (supra-)molecular nanostructures. Your tasks in detail are:
Selection and characterization of molecules suitable as building blocks for molecular devices
Design and assembly of molecular machines which couple charge flow and motion
Exploring quantum transport in well-defined molecular junctions
Application and further development of scanning quantum dot microscopy (SQDM)
Expansion of the MoMaLab infrastructure in collaboration with AI experts
Publication and presentation of results as well as supervision of PhD students
Highly motivated scientist with a master degree and a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, or a related field
Experience in scanning probe microscopy
Ability to work independently in an international team and publish research results
Exciting working environment on an attractive research campus with excellent infrastructure, located between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
Full-time position without teaching duties in a highly-motivated interdisciplinary team at an institute addressing the various challenges of quantum nanoscience
Training in all relevant molecular manipulation techniques and in the use of the MoMaLab
Possibility for career development via schemes offered within the Helmholtz association and beyond (e.g., junior research groups)
Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life
Limited for 2 years with possible longer-term prospects
Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)
Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.
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