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Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Fest­kör­per- und Werk­stoff­for­schung Dres­den e.V.

The Leib­niz Insti­tute for Solid State and Mater­i­als Research Dresden – in short IFW Dresden – is a non-uni­versity research insti­tute and a mem­ber of the Leib­niz Asso­ci­ation. The IFW employs approxi-mately 600 people and one focus is on the train­ing of young sci­ent­ists besides enhan­cing fun­da­men-tal and applied research devel­op­ment. At the highest inter­na­tional level, the IFW oper­ates mod­ern mater­i­als sci­ence on a sci­entific basis and makes the obtained res­ults use­ful for the eco­nomy. The com­plex and inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research work is car­ried out within the IFW by five sci­entific insti­tutes, which are sup­por­ted by a highly developed tech­nical infra­struc­ture. The IFW sup­ports its employ­ees in recon­cil­ing work and fam­ily life and reg­u­larly sub­mits to the beru­fund­fam­ilie® audit.
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Doc­toral Researcher Pos­i­tion (m/f/d)

Topic: 3D Map­ping of Spin Tex­tures in Skyrmi­ons

Work­ing field:

Pro­ject descrip­tion:
Skyrmi­ons are topo­lo­gic­ally non-trivial vor­tex-like mag­netic micro-struc­tures that have recently gained par­tic­u­larly large interest as they play a key role in mod­ern con­cepts of ultra-fast and ultra-high dens­ity data stor­age. While already inher­ently com­plex in struc­ture, recent invest­ig­a­tions indic­ate that they are in addi­tion inhomo­gen­eous end exhibit a 3-dimen­sion­ally mod­u­lated spin tex­ture, the nature of which is cur­rently still under debate. In order to shed some light on this situ­ation, the cur­rent PhD pro-ject aims at retriev­ing the 3D mag­netic struc­ture exper­i­ment­ally using trans­mis­sion elec­tron micro­sco-py. Within this pro­ject Lorentz micro­scopy and elec­tron holo­graphic tomo­graphy will be used to quan-tit­at­ively map the mag­netic induc­tion in 3D. A com­par­ison of the exper­i­mental find­ings with recent the­or­et­ical mod­els is envi­sioned to provide for sub­stan­tial new insight into the topic.
The here announces PhD pro­ject will not only profit from the rich exper­i­mental infra­struc­ture and a land­scape of sci­entific excel­lence provided by the IFW Dresden and the TU Dresden but will also be embed­ded in a national net­work of research­ers ded­ic­ated to this topic.

For fur­ther inform­a­tion please con­tact: Prof Dr. Kor­nelius Nielsch ( See also:


We are look­ing for a highly motiv­ated and team-ori­ented stu­dent, who holds a Mas­ter degree in phys-ics or mater­ial sci­ence. Basic know­ledge in mag­net­ism and/or some exper­i­ence in trans­mis­sion elec­tron micro­scopy are wel­come though not man­dat­ory. The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate is open-minded, curi­ous and ready to work in a strongly inter­dis­cip­lin­ary envir­on­ment. Very good com­mu­nic­a­tion skills in writ­ten and spoken Eng­lish are required.

What we of­fer:

The Insti­tute of Metal­lic Mater­i­als at the Leib­niz Insti­tute for Solid State and Mater­i­als Research Dres-den (IFW Dresden) offers a PhD pos­i­tion on the topic “3D Map­ping of Spin Tex­tures in Skyrmi­ons. The pos­i­tion is sup­posed to be filled at the next pos­sible occa­sion.

The employ­ment con­tract is primar­ily lim­ited to 12 months and will be exten­ded by another 2 years upon a suc­cess­ful mid-term eval­u­ation. The salary is based upon the TV-L rules.

The IFW would like to increase the pro­por­tion of women in sci­ence. Qual­i­fied women are there­fore expli­citly invited to apply. Severely dis­abled applic­ants are given pref­er­en­tial treat­ment if they have the same qual­i­fic­a­tions.

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tions includ­ing a CV, cop­ies of degrees and grades, a copy of your Mas­ter thesis (or a draft thereof), pub­lished art­icles or other rel­ev­ant mater­ial (if applic­able) quot­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber A2102-SPP2137/18 not later than 22 of Octo­ber 2018 as a single pdf-file exclus­ively to: