Open PhD position at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany:
PhD project on molecular-scale engineeringIn this high-profile, ERC-funded research project we work on the realization of molecular-scale machines and devices. To achieve this ambitious goal we combine low-temperature UHV scanning probe microscopy, with dedicated simulation and machine learning techniques. Working together in a group with experts from experimental and theoretical physics, as well as computer science, the PhD project plays a key role for the development of controlled mechanical manipulation of molecules.
DescriptionThe idea to freely control the atomic-scale structure of matter has intrigued scientists for many decades. There is, however, no precise method for the controlled manipulation of molecules beyond lateral rearrangement. The goal of this PhD project is to develop new experimental methods of molecular manipulation with the SPM and to use controlled molecular manipulation for the construction of single-molecule devices. The fundamental challenge addressed by this project is the precise identification of molecular conformations at any time during manipulation. The work will be conducted in close collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of scientists working for example in the field of molecular simulation or machine learning.
Further details about the research project are available from Dr. Christian Wagner (c.wagner [at] fz-juelich.de).
InstitutionThe project is funded by a starting grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for the project “Controlled Mechanical Manipulation of Molecules CM3”, and carried out by the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ). The FZJ is one of the largest German research centers. It offers excellent opportunities for research in an international environment. Within the Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), founded under the auspices of the German Excellence Initiative, it is closely linked to the RWTH Aachen University. Salaries are competitive (TvöD + allowance depending on the candidate's profile), teaching load is low and dissertations are usually completed within three years. Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.
RequirementsCandidates with an MSc or equivalent degree in Physics, Chemistry or a related discipline, with an overall grade of at least "good", are strongly encouraged to apply. Advantageous are programming skills, experience in fields like scanning-probe microscopy and ultra-high vacuum.
ApplicationFor further information about the project contact Dr. Christian Wagner (c.wagner [at] fz-juelich.de). Please send your application, including the relevant documents and stating your interests, preferably via e-mail (c.wagner [at] fz-juelich.de).
Link: View the job offer on the FZJ page
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