The Department of Quantum Phenomena in Novel Materials undertakes world leading research in quantum and frustrated magnetism, multifunctional materials and superconductivity. As well as operating several X-ray and neutron instruments it also offers a state-of-the-art materials synthesis program and the full range of standard sample characterization facilities including X-ray Laue and powder diffraction, magnetization, transport and thermal measurements.
The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) operates two large scale research infrastructures, the neutron source BER II and the photon source BESSY II. These facilities serve an international user community from many scientific disciplines, hosting more than 3000 external users per year. HZB staff performs accelerator research, develops science-driven designs of new instruments and investigates novel methods using neutron scattering and synchrotron radiation in the VUV and soft X-ray regime primarily for materials and energy research. Materials and energy research at HZB focuses on photovoltaics and solar fuel generation, fundamental aspects of energy storage and energy efficiency as well as on new materials systems relevant for information technologies.
In the framework of the Helmholtz Virtual Institute ‘New States of Matter and their excitations’ which is a collaborative network of leading scientists throughout Germany and abroad, we invite applications for a 3-year PhD position at HZB. The PhD is to investigate topological and quantum magnets with particular focus on frustrated magnetism arising from Pyrochlore structures where current research has revealed exotic phases such as classical and quantum spin ice which exhibit monopole excitations and emergent electromagnetism. These phenomena will be investigated using primarily the experimental techniques of neutron and X-ray scattering along with materials synthesis and characterization. Pressure and magnetic field will be used to tune the ground states and provide additional insight, while deeper understanding will also be gained by performing computer simulations and by collaboration with theorists.
The applicant should have or be close to finishing a masters/diploma degree in physics and should have taken courses in condensed matter physics.
To apply send a cover letter, a detailed CV and the contact details of at least two academic referees to
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH,
Abt. Personal und Soziales,
D-14109 Berlin, Germany,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference no. EM2015/4.
The deadline for the application is 28th February, 2015.
For informal inquiries, please contact Prof. Bella Lake,