23. April 2018 - Technical University of Munich
PhD Position
PhD Position
23. April 2018 - Technical University of Munich
PhD Position
PhD Position
Technical University of Munich

Garching, Germany


The DFG-funded collaborative research centre TRR80 “From Electronic Correlations to Functionality” is concerned with the fundamental physics of correlated electron matter, including charge, spin, orbital and lattice degrees of freedom, with the perspective of application as novel device materials. This program is sustained by experimental and theoretical groups mainly at the University of Augsburg and the Technical University of Munich, with the neutron techniques provided by the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) being of particular significance. Within this program we are offering a PhD Position situated at the MLZ at the Technical University of Munich’s Garching campus.

Job description

The focus will lie on the magnetic and martensitic behaviour of specific Heusler alloys. By appropriate heat treatments, different states of short- and long-range order can be adjusted, which will then be investigated by macroscopic methods such as calorimetry or magnetization, as well as neutron and X-ray scattering and diffraction, with specific consideration to the phase transitions. The observed dependence of, e.g., the magnetic structure on the microscopic state of order shall then also be rationalized by simple models of the system on its fundamental scale of site occupations, atomic positions and spins, and optionally reproduced by theoretical methods.

What we offer

Embedded in the TRR80, this PhD position offers a stimulating scientific atmosphere with the leading experts in the field, while a horizontal network is provided by its integrated graduate school. Day-to-day work is done in a small junior research group with optimal supervision. The possibility to obtain a PhD from the TUM Physics department is provided. Special features of the intended work program include measurement times at large-scale facilities such as the MLZ, but also internationally, in addition to trips to conferences. The broadness of the proposed work program allows to prioritize specific aspects according to personal interests.
The work will be supervised by Dr. Michael Leitner (homepage.univie.ac.at/michael.leitner). Informal requests for further information can be addressed to .

Funding is according to TV-L E13 (75%), part-time arrangements are possible. The contract will initially be limited to three year.

Requested Profile

The successful applicant should hold a master or diploma degree in physics, physical or materials chemistry, materials science, applied mathematics or a comparable research field. In addition, experimental dexterity, know-how in scattering methods and data analysis, or on the other hand in theoretical calculations (such as DFT), simulations (Monte Carlo) or modelling would be beneficial. In general, with the range of different methods to be applied, intellectual flexibility is the most important asset.


Dr. Michael Leitner

How to Apply

The Technical University of Munich is an equal opportunity employer, therefore women are especially encouraged to apply. Handicapped applicants with equivalent suitability for the position will be preferred.

Applications will be reviewed after 22nd of April 2018 and will be further accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should send a cover letter and motivation statement with previous research interests and expertise, including a curriculum vitae, to:

Technische Universität München
Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II)
Lichtenbergstraße 1
85747 Garching


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