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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - Faculty of Phy­sics, Clus­ter of Excel­lence ct.qmat “Com­ple­xity and Topo­logy in Quan­tum Mat­ter”

The TU Dres­den is one of ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an “excel­lence uni­ver­sity”. TUD has about 36.500 stu­dents and almost 5319 employees, 507 pro­fes­sors among them, and, thus, is the lar­gest uni­ver­sity in Sax­ony, today.

Having been com­mit­ted to sci­en­ces and the engi­nee­ring before the reuni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many, TU Dres­den now is a multi-disci­pline uni­ver­sity, also offe­ring huma­nities and social sci­en­ces as well as medi­cine.

Rese­arch Asso­ciate / PhD Stu­dent

The newly estab­lished Dres­den–Würz­burg Clus­ter of Excel­lence ct.qmat “Com­ple­xity and Topo­logy in Quan­tum Mat­ter” offers at the ear­liest pos­si­ble date a posi­tion as
Rese­arch Asso­ciate / PhD Stu­dent (Sub­ject to per­so­nal qua­li­fi­ca­tion employees are remu­ne­ra­ted accord­ing to salary group E 13 TV-L) at the cross­over of Mate­ri­als Che­mi­stry and Solid State Phy­sics. The posi­tion ent­ails 75 % of the full­time wee­kly hours and is limi­ted for three years. The period of employ­ment is gover­ned by Fixed Term Rese­arch Con­tracts Act (Wis­sen­schafts­zeit­ge­setz-WissZeitVG). The posi­tion offers the chance to obtain fur­ther aca­de­mic qua­li­fi­ca­tion (e.g. PhD).
As one of the few appro­ved Clus­ters of Excel­lence in Ger­many ct.qmat is aimed at under­stan­ding, con­trol­ling and app­ly­ing quan­tum mate­ri­als. It will lay the foun­da­tion for a glo­bally lea­ding centre for quan­tum mate­ri­als rese­arch. Invol­ved rese­ar­chers come from the fields of phy­sics, che­mi­stry and mate­ri­als sci­ence.
The ct.qmat pro­ject "New van-der-Waals-bonded magne­tic topo­lo­gi­cal insu­la­tors and Weyl sem­i­me­tals" in par­ti­cu­lar explo­res magne­tic topo­lo­gi­cal insu­la­tors from the recently dis­co­ve­red family of man­ga­nese-bis­muth chal­co­ge­ni­des. Par­ti­cu­lar tasks to be tack­led are: (i) crys­tal-growth and tailo­red che­mi­cal opti­mi­za­tion of these com­pounds and their doped deri­va­ti­ves; (ii) study of macro­scopic magne­tic and trans­port pro­per­ties; (iii) spin-depen­dent sur­face elec­tro­nic struc­ture as well as local magne­tic and elec­tro­nic pro­per­ties of the 3d ions. This pro­ject will streng­t­hen the ongo­ing col­la­bo­ra­tion bet­ween the respon­si­ble groups at Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den (TUD) and Julius-Maxi­mi­li­ans-Uni­ver­si­tät Würz­burg (JMU) on magne­tic topo­lo­gi­cal insu­la­tors that com­men­ced in 2018. The pro­ject goal is to unra­vel the inter­play bet­ween magne­tism and topo­lo­gi­cal pro­per­ties.
The PhD pro­ject will be con­duc­ted at the Leib­niz Insti­tute for Solid State and Mate­ri­als Rese­arch (IFW Dres­den) in the newly foun­ded group of Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Isa­eva in strong col­la­bo­ra­tion with the Faculty of Phy­sics and the Faculty of Che­mi­stry and Food Che­mi­stry of TUD as well as JMU.

Work­ing field:

The suc­cess­ful app­li­cant will work on syn­the­sis, crys­tal growth and struc­ture cha­rac­te­ri­za­tion of novel, per­spec­tive can­di­da­tes for magne­tic topo­lo­gi­cal insu­la­tors, in par­ti­cu­lar:
  • con­duct and fine-tune crys­tal-growth tech­ni­ques, inclu­ding che­mi­cal vapor trans­port reac­tions, flux growth, micro­wave-assisted syn­the­sis;
  • per­form explo­ra­tive syn­the­sis in order to iden­tify new pro­mi­sing mate­rial can­di­da­tes and study their ther­mo­che­mi­cal pro­per­ties;
  • elu­ci­date crys­tal struc­tures by com­bi­ned pow­der/sin­gle-crys­tal X-ray dif­frac­tion and trans­mis­sion elec­tron micro­scopy;
  • work in a strong, inter­di­sci­pli­nary team of che­mists, expe­ri­men­tal phy­si­cists and theo­re­ti­ci­ans and coor­di­nate the “che­mi­stry” input for the stu­dies of the phy­si­cal phe­no­mena.


uni­ver­sity degree (M.Sc., Dipl.) in mate­ri­als sci­ence, che­mi­stry or rela­ted disci­pli­nes with prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence in solid-state syn­the­sis and X-ray dif­frac­tion; pre­fer­a­bly basic com­pe­ten­ces in solid state phy­sics / magne­tism; good spo­ken and writ­ten Eng­lish; abi­lity to work crea­tively and inde­pendently; out­stan­ding com­mit­ment and wil­ling­ness to inte­grate into the exis­ting team as well as to take over respon­si­bi­lity.

What we of­fer:

We offer an inten­sive men­to­ring in an attrac­tive sci­en­ti­fic envi­ron­ment in com­bi­na­tion with an excel­lent infra­st­ruc­ture. Fur­ther infor­ma­tion on ct.qmat can be obtai­ned via the web addres­ses and

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tions from women are par­tic­u­larly wel­come. The same applies to people with dis­ab­il­it­ies.
Please sub­mit your com­pre­hens­ive applic­a­tion includ­ing a let­ter of motiv­a­tion, cur­riculum vitae, cer­ti­fic­ates and two con­tacts for ref­er­ences by 04.06.2019 (stamped arrival date of the uni­versity cent­ral mail ser­vice applies) via the TU Dresden Secure­Mail Portal by send­ing it as a single pdf doc­u­ment to or to

TU Dresden
Fak­ultät Physik
Insti­tut für Festkörper- und Mater­i­al­physik
Frau Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Isaeva
Helm­holtz­str. 10
01069 Dresden.

Please sub­mit cop­ies only, as your applic­a­tion will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attend­ing inter­views can­not be reim­bursed.

Ref­er­ence to data pro­tec­tion: Your data pro­tec­tion rights, the pur­pose for which your data will be pro­cessed, as well as fur­ther inform­a­tion about data pro­tec­tion is avail­able to you on the web­site: https: //­ri­ere/datens­chutzh­in­weis