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The Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ) is a leading research institution in the area of science & technology as well as service & transfer of crystalline materials. Our goal is to enable solutions for urgent societal challenges (e.g. communication, artificial intelligence, climate protection, health etc.) by modern electronic & photonic technologies. The work covers the full spectrum from basic over applied research up to pre-industrial development and is performed in collaboration with national and international partners from university, academy and industry. The institute is part of Forschungsverbund Berlin ( and a member of the Leibniz Association You can find more details on the institute webpage: 

We are offering a 

PhD Student Position (m/f/d)

for the topic:

“Dynamic Pseudo-fields in 2D-van der Waals materials”  

Dynamic strain engineering in 2D-van der Waals materials opens new perspectives in materials design. The goal of this project is to investigate the magnetic and electric pseudo-fields created by surface acoustic waves (SAW) in 2D-van der Waals materials.

The planned works will be carried out mostly in Prof. R. Blick’s group, CHyN, Universität Hamburg, and partially at the Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ). At IKZ, we produce piezo-electric oxide perovskite films, 2D-TMDCs and have established layer transfer processing. In cooperation with IKZ-scientists, these materials should be optimized to increase the coupling efficiency between SAW and 2D-materials. At University Hamburg, the tasks of the PhD student will include sample fabrication via layer transfer and lithographic processes, and low temperature magneto-transport in combination with radio-frequency probing techniques.

·      Applicants should be highly motivated to explore and develop a novel material platform
·      Applicants must hold a master degree either in physics, chemistry, materials science or related fields
    with relevant experience and must have an experimental background 
·      Skills in these fields are welcome: materials science, low temperature magneto-transport,
    piezo-/ferroelectricity, data analysis (e.g. Origin, Matlab, Python, Autocad)
·      Good English language skills written and oral

The position is limited to three years, an extension for another year is possible. Payment is according to TVöD Bund (75 %) (Treaty for German public service) including the usual social benefits (30 vacation days in a 5-day week, flexible working hours). The IKZ is an equal opportunity employer and actively supports reconciliation of work and family life. There is equality for applicants of all genders. Qualified women are especially encouraged to apply. Among equally qualified applicants, preference will be given to disabled candidates.

For information about the project please contact: 
Dr. Jens Martin                       phone: +49(0)30 6392 2857     or
Prof. Dr. Robert Blick             phone: +49(0)40 42838 1719  

 Have we sparked your interest? 
Then apply with a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and all relevant certificates. To do so, please go to Job offers/jobs on our homepage , click on this advertisement and then on "Apply online". Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

We look forward to receiving your application!