PhD position in material science: Perovskites and x-ray diffraction

We are looking for highly motivated doctoral and postdoctoral candidates who are interested in multidisciplinary research and want to join our collaborative network of nanoscientists.
All positions offer excellent re­search and training conditions within the stimulating scientific environment of the Center for NanoScience, the Collaborative Research Center SFB863 "Forces in Biomolecular Systems", the Collaborative Research Center SFB1032 "Nanoagents" and the Collaborative Research Center TRR235 "Emergence of Life" .
This project "Perovskites and x-ray diffraction" is offered by PD Dr. Bert Nickel (LMU München).

Activities and responsibilities

The goal is to study structural and dynamical properties of perovskite crystals. Perovskite nanocrystals show very interesting optical properties distinct from bulk samples; we develop high energy x-ray techniques to quantify size and crystallinity in complex environment such as porous Si. Now we want to extend these studies also to dynamic properties, i.e. phonons. For this purpose, high energy x-ray scattering experiments will be conducted to access thermal diffuse scattering. Complementary inelastic neutron experiments will be performed to study phonon dispersion. These experiments are essential in order to understand the impact of phonons on the charge transport, as well as heat conductance.

Qualification profile

We are looking for majors from physics with excellent knowledge in optics and solid state physics. A strong enthusiasm for x-ray techniques and semiconductor physics and is required in order to achieve the scientific goals. The x-ray experiments involves basic scientific programming skills for modelling, e.g. Python, as well as remote control of hardware, in particular positioning systems and detectors, by commercial software for a Linux platform. Good communication skills, especially fluent English, are needed to organize measurement campaigns. Experiments at synchrotron x-ray facilities need to be well prepared experiments, therefor a high degree of organizational is needed.


TV-ÖD E13 75% for three years (two years plus extension)

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The Center for NanoScience (CeNS) was founded in 1998 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich. The mission of CeNS is to promote and coordinate interdisciplinary research in the field of nanoscience in the Munich area. CeNS is an association of junior and senior scientists from basic research and industry and is conceived as a network, joining people from various institutions (LMU, TU...

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