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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:

Closing date: 22.01.2018
Closing date: 22 January 2018 Published on on date 21 December 2017
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