[Neutron] PhD position at Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy, EM2016/6

Marie Haltod haltod at helmholtz-berlin.de
Thu Mar 17 14:22:23 CET 2016

PhD Position in ‘Investigation of Topological and Quantum Magnets’
(Ref.: EM2016/6)
at the Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy, Germany (www.helmholtz-berlin.de).

Supervisor Prof. Bella Lake (email: bella.lake at helmholtz-berlin.de, phone +49-(0)30-8062-42058)

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.

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.

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

We particularly welcome applications from women. Preference will be given to handicapped applicants provided equal

To apply please upload a cover letter, a detailed CV and the contact details of at least two academic referees at


Marie Haltod
Abteilung Quantenphänomene in neuen Materialien
Department Quantum Phenomena in Novel Materials

phone    +49-30-8062-42689
fax      +49-30-8062-43689
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

Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1
D-14109 Berlin


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