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The Leibniz-Institut for Crystal Growth (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:

With anticipated start date on 1st February 2020 we are looking for a


Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d)


for the topic: “Model experiments for crystal growth”

Within the framework of a highly regarded Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) we are setting up a group "Model experiments" at the IKZ to work on a new generation of multiphysical models for crystal growth processes (see News on our webpage). The project team will develop a dedicated experimental platform for the analysis of heat transfer, electromagnetism, melt and gas flows as well as crystal stresses in order to build and validate coupled numerical models. Here you will have the opportunity to work in high-impact research for future technologies.

Your responsibilities:

  • Analyze selected crystal growth processes at IKZ (e.g., Czochralski growth of oxides above
    1500 °C) with respect to macroscopic physical phenomena
  • Design physically similar crystal growth systems working at lower temperatures
  • Develop and build an experimental platform with extensive capabilities for in-situ observation
  • Select and integrate state-of-the-art measuring equipment for various fields (e.g., thermal imaging, laser distance sensors, ultrasonic velocimetry)
  • Guide PhD students in experimental studies and validation of theoretical models

Our requirements:

  • PhD in physical or material sciences, engineering or related discipline with an excellent score
  • Solid knowledge in theory and practice of thermal engineering and materials processing
  • Practical experience in the design and development of scientific equipment
  • Good understanding of complex measurement and sensor systems
  • Outstanding capability of scientific work with a good publication record

The position is initially limited to 2 years. 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. IKZ supports the compatibility of job and family and is certified as family-friendly by the "Job and Family" audit.

For information about the project contact: Dr. Kaspars Dadzis,, Phone +49 30 6392 2830.

Have we aroused your interest?

Then apply with a letter of motivation for this project (1–2 pages), curriculum vitae and all relevant certificates by 01.12.2019. To do so, please go to Job offers/jobs on our homepage and click on this advertisement and then on "Apply online". Please send us your complete application documents this way.

We look forward to receiving your application!