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Place of work:

Working hours:
19,5 h/week

1 July 2022

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English / German
Job-Id: 2022/91 (1435)

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01328 Dresden

PhD Student (f/m/d) Multi-scale atomistic simulations of heterostructures assembled from nanopatterned 2D materials

Through cutting-edge research in the fields of ENERGY, HEALTH and MATTER, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) solves some of the pressing societal and industrial challenges of our time. Join our 1.400 employees from more than 50 nations at one of our six research sites and help us moving research to the next level!

The Institute for Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research is dedicated to the study of materials and their nanostructures that can be considered for future applications in information technology and are based on electrical, magnetic or optical functionalities.

As part of the Institute, the Department of Ion Beam Centre invites applications as PhD Student (f/m/d) Multi-scale atomistic simulations of heterostructures assembled from nanopatterned 2D materials.

The position will be available from 1 September 2022. The employment contract is limited to three years.

Project description: 

ln the project “New avenues to nanofabrication: assembly of vertical heterostructures from nanopatterned 2D materials” to be carried out in collaboration with the experimental group of Prof. J. Meyer, University of Tübingen, we will explore fundamentally new ways to arrange matter into arbitrary 3D shapes by stacking 2D materials patterned with focused electron or ion beam. Atomistic simulations are expected to help choosing the optimum parameters for nanostructuring and provide insights into the properties of the heterostructures.

Your tasks:

  • Carry out multi-scale atomistic simulations using density-functional theory and analytical potential molecular dynamics aimed at understanding the effects of electron and ion irradiation on 2D materials
  • Carry out electronic structure calculations for 2D materials patterned by the electron beam and their heterostructures
  • Develop the dedicate software for modelling of defect production in two dimensional materials under irradiation
  • Closely collaborate with the experimental groups involved in the project

Your profile:

  • Master´s degree in Solid-State Physics, Computational Physics or Materials Science     
  • Good knowledge of Theoretical Solid State Physics and Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Excellent scripting and programming skills
  • Experience with atomistic simulations (molecular dynamics, density-functional theory calculations) is highly desirable but not mandatory
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Readiness to work in an international team

Our offer:

  • A vibrant research community in an open, diverse and international work environment
  • Scientific excellence and extensive professional networking opportunities
  • A structured PhD program with a comprehensive range of continuing education and networking opportunities - more information about the PhD program at the HZDR can be found here
  • The employment contract is limited to three years
  • Salary and social benefits in accordance with the collective agreement for the public sector (TVöD-Bund) including 30 days of paid holiday leave, company pension scheme (VBL)
  • We support a good work-life balance with the possibility of part-time employment and flexible working hours
  • Numerous company health management offerings
  • An employer subsidy for the VVO job ticket

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, optionally contact information of two researcher who could give a recommendation through, etc.) only via our Online-application-system.