[Neutron] PhD position at the Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy
haltod at helmholtz-berlin.de
Thu Jan 29 10:23:00 CET 2015
PhD Position at the Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy
‘Investigation of Topological and Quantum Magnets’, Ref. no. EM2015/4
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.
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 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. (www.helmholtz-berlin.de).
As HZB endeavours to increase the number of women working in the scientific field, women are especially encouraged to
apply. Applicants with severe disabilities will be given preference to others of equal qualification.
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 the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Abt. Personal und Soziales,
Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, D-14109 Berlin, Germany, (Email: personalabteilung at helmholtz-berlin.de) quoting reference no.
EM2015/4. The deadline for the application is 28th February, 2015.
For informal inquiries, please contact Prof. Bella Lake (email: bella.lake at helmholtz-berlin.de, phone +49-(0)30-8062-42058).
Abteilung Quantenphänomene in neuen Materialien
Department Quantum Phenomena in Novel Materials
email haltod at helmholtz-berlin.de
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
Mitglied der Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren e.V.
Aufsichtsrat: Vorsitzender Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Joachim Treusch, stv. Vorsitzende Dr. Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph
Geschäftsführung: Prof. Dr. Anke Rita Kaysser-Pyzalla, Thomas Frederking
Sitz Berlin, AG Charlottenburg, 89 HRB 5583
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