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Dr. Anna Semisalova Tel.: +49 351 260 2435,
Dr. Kilian Lenz Tel.: +49 351 260 2435

Place of work:

Working hours:
29 h/week

30 September 2018

Online application
English / German
Job-Id: 54/2018 (738)

The HZDR is committed to equal opportunity employment and we strongly encourage applications from qualified female candidates. We also carefully consider all applications from job candidates with severe disabilities.


PhD student (f/m) in magnetization dynamics

A member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the HZDR employs about 1,100 people. The Center's focus is on interdisciplinary research in the areas energy, health, and matter.

The Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research conducts materials research for future applications, e. g., in information technology and for energy conversion.

As part of the Institute, the Department of Magnetism invites applications as PhD student (f/m) for investigation of magnetization dynamics in nanostructures with ferromagnetic/paramagnetic (FM/PM) interfaces in the framework of DFG-funded project "Spin dynamics in laterally patterned magnetic landscapes".

The three-years research program is to be realized in collaboration with the University of Augsburg and the Technical Federal University Santa Maria (Chile). We aim to understand the complex effect of structural disorder-induced magnetization patterns on the dynamic magnetic properties of embedded nanostructures with periodical FM/PM interfaces, addressing multi-magnon scattering, spin pumping at magnetic interfaces as well as various magnonic effects.The position will be available as soon as candidate is found. The employment contract is limited to three years.


  • thin film fabrication using magnetron sputtering, nanostructuring with electron beam lithography and ion irradiation
  • magnetic characterization using magnetometry, magnetic microscopy imaging, micromagnetic simulations
  • ferromagnetic resonance study of thin film bilayers and laterally patterned magnetic landscapes
  • presentation of scientific results at conferences, publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • writing a PhD dissertation


  • Master or equivalent degree in physics with magnetism background
  • experience in thin film deposition, fabrication of nanostructures as well as knowledge about ferromagnetic resonance technique are advantageous (but not obligatory)
  • good communication skills
  • good written English skills

We offer:

  • high scientific professional networking as well as scientific excellence
  • internationality and diversity
  • interesting and diverse tasks, flexible working hours, salary based on the collective agreement TVöD-Bund
  • equality of opportunity and family-friendly structures, corporate health management
  • attractive work and research terms in a highly motivated team

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) by 30 September 2018 only via Online application (English / German).