04. July 2016 - Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
PhD Student (MSc in Physics)
PhD Student (MSc in Physics) at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany
04. July 2016 - Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
PhD Student (MSc in Physics)
PhD Student (MSc in Physics) at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

Berlin, Germany


Reference No.: EM 2016/6

Description of Institution

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, specific heat and transport measurements.

Job description

Topic of the doctoral thesis: “Investigations of Topological and Quantum Magnets”

The PhD student will investigate topological and quantum magnets with particular focus on frustrated and low dimensional magnetism where current research has revealed exotic phases such as classical and quantum spin ice which exhibit monopole excitations, new forms of topological order and fractional excitations. 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.

Requested Profile

Applicants should have or be close to finishing a master/diploma degree in physics and should have taken courses in condensed matter physics.


Prof. Bella Lake

How to Apply

Please enclose with your application the following documents:
Motivation letter, CV and the contact details of at least two academic references.

What we offer:
Fixed term contract for 36 months. The employment contract is based on contracts for the German civil service (TVöD-Bund). We particularly welcome applications from women. Preference will be given to handicapped applicants provided equal suitability.

How to apply:
Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 25th July 2016 using the e-recruitment portal on the HZB website intranet (www.helmholtz-berlin.de).

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