A PhD position is available at the Physics Department E21 at Technical
University of Munich (TUM), Germany, which will be carried out in
collaboration with the National Institute of Standards (NIST), USA.
The appointment has a fixed term duration of 3 years
In the last years, our group at TUM succeeded in developing and
commissioning a sputter deposition system for in-situ polarized neutron
reflectivity (PNR) on thin magnetic layers. The setup can be installed
either at the sample area of the neutron reflectometer REFSANS at the
FRM II neutron source, Garching, or at the AMOR beamline at the
Paul-Scherrer-Institut (PSI), Switzerland. In the upcoming years, our
primary goal is to apply these capabilities to investigate the evolution
of magnetism in thin magnetic layers of several systems.
In this context the aspect of data evaluation and the further
development and implementation of the Reflectivity Fitting Software
REFL1D for the real-time analysis of reflectometry data will be in the
focus and shall be the primary working field in the first 1 to 1.5 years
of the PhD project. For this part of the thesis work, it is envisaged
that the successful candidate will be stationed at NIST (USA), where
he/she will work closely with our collaboration partners.
In the second half of the PhD project, which will be carried out at TUM,
the software shall be installed and implemented at our in-situ
deposition setup, such that the data evaluation can be carried out in
real-time at the beamline.
To use the software and its implementation for research on a specific
scientific problem, the non-collinear ordering in magnetic
heterostructures would be a fascinating topic. Additionally, the in-situ
investigation of interfacial effects of epitaxially grown films will be
Details of Employment
The successful candidate will be employed by TUM for a fixed duration of
The salary is according to 75% TVL.
The applicant must have a MSc (or equivalent) in physics, preferably
with a good general background in condensed matter physics. An affinity
for programming and the knowledge of at least one programming language
will be required (ideally Python). The knowledge of scattering
techniques will be an asset.
Dr. Wolfgang Kreuzpaintner
Further information about the position can be obtained from:
Dr. Wolfgang Kreuzpaintner,
Tel.: +49 (0)89/289-14740
Applications with CV, certificates for both Bachelor and Master degrees,
list of publications and other scientific works shall be e-mailed to