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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty II - Insti­tute of Solid State Phys­ics (place of work is Helm­holtz-Zen­trum Ber­lin für Mater­i­alien und Ener­gie)

Research Assist­ant - 0.75 work­ing time - salary grade E13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len

under the reserve that funds are gran­ted

The suc­cess­ful app­lic­ant will become a mem­ber of the Col­lab­or­at­ive Rese­arch Cen­ter ‘Cor­rel­ated Mag­net­ism’ (SFB1143) - a large rese­arch net­work organ­ized by the Tech­nical Uni­ver­sity Dres­den, which invol­ves sev­eral rese­arch insti­tutes includ­ing the Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin. The coo­per­a­tion aims to dis­cover and explore novel phe­nom­ena in mag­net­ism such as sta­tes of mat­ter based on topo­lo­gical order, and novel excit­a­tions with frac­tion­al­ized quan­tum num­bers. There are 19 pro­jects and approx­im­ately 80 sci­ent­ists includ­ing many PhD stu­dents. Sci­ent­i­fic approa­ches cover a range of the­or­et­ical and exper­i­men­tal tech­niques, and a cru­cial aspect is the syn­the­sis of novel mag­netic mater­i­als which form the basis of exper­i­men­tal stud­ies and the inspir­a­tion for the­or­et­ical mod­els.

Work­ing field:

This open pos­i­tion lies in the pro­ject ‘Syn­the­sis of uncon­ven­tio­nal mag­netic mater­i­als’, whose goals are the syn­the­sis, char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion and explor­a­tion of new mag­netic mater­i­als with exo­tic prop­er­ties for­med from trans­ition and rare earth metal oxi­des. Pow­der and sin­gle crys­tal growth will be achie­ved via a range of meth­ods (solid state reac­tion, opti­cal float­ing zone, Bridg­man, Czo­chral­ski). The prop­er­ties of these mater­i­als will be explo­red and char­ac­ter­ized using vari­ous tech­niques (X-ray dif­frac­tion, mag­net­iz­a­tion, spe­cific heat etc.) to iden­tify inter­est­ing new pha­ses. The can­did­ate is expec­ted to intro­duce his/her mater­i­als and will have the oppor­tun­ity to work with the other sci­ent­ists wit­hin the Col­lab­or­at­ive Rese­arch Cen­ter and bey­ond. The pri­mary work­place will be at Helm­holtz Zen­trum Ber­lin wit­hin the rese­arch insti­tute of Prof. Bella Lake ( which hosts out­stand­ing expert­ise and a range of syn­the­sis and char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion appar­atus.
The can­did­ate is expec­ted to com­plete a PhD the­sis dur­ing this time, which will be awar­ded by the Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin.


  • suc­cess­fully com­ple­ted uni­ver­sity degree (Mas­ter, Dip­lom or equi­val­ent) in phys­ics, chem­istry or mater­i­als sci­ence; good gra­des desi­red
  • taken cour­ses in con­den­sed mat­ter phys­ics,
  • a strong inte­rest in exper­i­men­tal rese­arch,
  • exper­i­ence of exper­i­men­tal con­den­sed mat­ter rese­arch in par­tic­u­lar inor­ganic mater­ial syn­the­sis and mag­netic meas­ure­ments, and
  • good Eng­lish lan­guage skills.

For fur­ther inform­a­tion please con­tact Prof. Dr. Bella Lake (

How to ap­ply:

Please send your applic­a­tion with the ref­er­ence num­ber and the usual doc­u­ments (a motiv­a­tion let­ter, CV, cop­ies of your Mas­ter or Dip­lom cer­ti­fic­ates and the con­tact details of at least two aca­demic ref­er­ences) prefer­ably by email in one single pdf file to or in writ­ing to Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent - Fak­ultät II, Insti­tut für Festkörperphysik, Prof. Dr. Bella Lake, Sekr. EW 5-1, Harden­bergstr. 36, 10623 Ber­lin.

To ensure equal oppor­tun­it­ies between women and men, applic­a­tions by women with the required qual­i­fic­a­tions are expli­citly desired. Qual­i­fied indi­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies will be favored. The TU Ber­lin val­ues the diversity of its mem­bers and is com­mit­ted to the goals of equal oppor­tun­it­ies.

Please send cop­ies only. Ori­ginal doc­u­ments will not be returned