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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 and a member of the Leibniz Association. You may find more details at www.ikz‐

Commencing as soon as possible there is a job opening in the field of Ferroelectric oxides for a

Postdoctoral Researcher

The group "Ferroelectric oxide layers" of the IKZ deals with epitaxially strained, lead-free oxide films, which exhibit different functional properties like ferro- and piezoelectricity or resistive switching. Within the project “Physics and control of defects in oxide films for adaptive electronics“ niobium oxide thin films shall be deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) as well as metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). Aims of the project are amongst others the realization of single-crystalline niobium oxide thin films and controlling of incorporated defects by the choice of deposition parameters. Thus, a fundamental understanding of the growth process as well as the correlated resistive switching properties and defects shall be gained. Beside the film deposition, the applicant shall perform measurements with x-ray diffractometry and atomic force microcopy (AFM/CAFM). The work is embedded in a close cooperation with the groups “Electron microscopy” and “Physical characterization”.

Applicants should hold a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science or a related discipline, good English language skills, capability of working scientifically on an independent basis as well as the ability to carry out structured scientific work within a highly motivated team of researchers and technicians. Expertise in the field of growth of oxide thin films (PLD or MOCVD) and knowledge regarding thin film characterization are required.

For information about the project contact: Dr. Jutta Schwarzkopf,, Phone +49 30 6392 3053.

The position is limited to 12 months. Payment is according to TVöD (Treaty for German public service). IKZ is an equal opportunity employer. Therefore, female candidates are encouraged to apply and will be preferred in case of adequate qualification. Among equally qualified applicants, Preference will be given to disabled candidates.

Please send your complete application documents including letter of motivation, CV, list of publications and copies of the relevant degrees as soon as possible, but no later than 
December 14th, 2018 via the IKZ ( job openings (button "Apply online").


We look forward to receiving your application!