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2 PhD Positions in Physics (m/f) (JU-16-64)

Jacobs University is a private, state-accredited, English-language research university in Bremen. We are offering Bachelor, Mas¬ter or PhD programs in three focus areas: Health, Mobility and Diversity. Our principles are first class re¬search and teaching, international diversity and transdisciplinary cooperation. As an international university we attract highly talented and open-minded students from all over the world. Currently, more than 1,200 students from 100 nations live and study on our residential campus.
The department „Physics & Earth Sciences“ in the Focus Area Health invites interested candidates to apply for the next possible date for
2 PhD Positions in Physics (m/f)
(Full-time, limited, Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN))
Nanoelectronics based on two-dimensional dichalcogenides, job summary
Job ID JU-16-64
The Molecular and Nanoelectronics group (Prof. Veit Wagner) at Jacobs University gGmbH, a private university in Bremen, Germany, is member of an eight-partner consortium that has recently been awarded an EU grant for a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN). This provides generous funding for an attractive PhD student position with good salary and travel/mobility allowances. The consortium involves five academic groups, i.e. EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Jozef Stefan Institute Lyubljana (Slovenia), The Weizmann Institute (Rehovot, Israel), and three industry partners, i.e. SCM N.V. (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Aixtron S.E. (Aachen, Germany), and Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany), and Associate Partner Leipzig University (Germany). The positions are open as soon as possible. Salary conditions, travel/ mobility allowances, and benefits will follow the attractive EU amounts for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in program FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN, which goes beyond the already above-average offers at German universities.
The employment contract will be based on and exclusively financed by the Marie Curie Action Innovative Training Networks – ITN within the European Framework Program for Research and Innovation (FP7). The position is available immediately. Salary and secondary benefits (including pension fund) will follow EU rules for salaries of Early Stage Researchers.
Project Details
The performance of two-dimensional crystals as membranes for the penetration of hydrogen is going to be investigated. Simulations will address the diffusion mechanism as function of the quality of the two-dimensional dichalcogenide monolayers, in particular in terms of defects. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with Associate Partner Leipzig University.
EU mobility rules apply. Selected candidates may not have lived in Germany for more than 12 months in the three years preceding the employment start. In principle, applicants can have any nationality, and any current residence (although immigration rules apply, favoring EU applicants).
Your responsibilities:
  • Calculation of the interaction of molecules with single layer transition metal dichalcogenides (1L-TMDCs) 
  • Calculation of the diffusion properties of light-weight molecules through 1L-TMDC membranes  
  • Calculation of the impact of defects in 1L-TMDC membranes on these diffusion properties
Your qualifications:
  • Excellent background in theoretical chemistry or solid state physics
  • M.Sc. degree in relevant field (e.g. physics, chemistry or materials science). Candidates expecting to receive their M.Sc. degree in the next six months are warmly invited to apply as well
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in the English language
  • Team player, with good two-way communication skills, highly self-motivated and able to work independently with excellent time management skills.
Desirable additional knowledge and experience: 
Experience in scientific programming and data analysis 
Experience in electronic device characterization and clean room processes
Experience in optical characterization of semiconductor
Solid background in surface physics, inorganic chemistry, electronics 
Experience in experimental scientific work and automated measurements
Your application:
Detailed information on Jacobs University, the NanoFun research center and the hiring group can be found on Those interested in this position are encouraged to contact Ms. Britta Berninghausen, Project Assistant of the Wagner and Heine groups (b.berninghausen [at], phone +49 421 200-3105) for further information. 
Job applications can be sent by E-mail to the same address until October 27, 2016, but preferably sooner. Applications should contain a CV, a letter explaining the motivation for applying, copies of the Bachelor and Master diplomas, and, if applicable, a list of publications. References may be requested at a later stage. Files will be destroyed once the search is completed.
We are looking for highly motivated, creative and communicative employees with a keen interest in working in an international and dynamic environment. Jacobs University is an equal opportunity employer.