ORGANISATION/COMPANYMax-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart
RESEARCH FIELDPhysics › Solid state physics
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE31/10/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONMultiple locations, see work locations below.
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
OFFER STARTING DATE01/09/2020
The term “quantum materials” is shorthand for a rapidly evolving research frontier that aims to understand, control, and ultimately design materials in which quantum physics enables novel functionalities. Recent developments include the discovery of novel phenomena resulting from the topology of the electron wave function in solids, the dynamical control of many-electron states (such as superconductivity) by coherent light fields, and the synthesis of heterostructures and devices comprising atomically sharp interfaces between different quantum materials. Seven Max Planck Institutes in Germany (Berlin, Dresden, Erlangen, Hamburg, Halle, and Stuttgart) participating in the MP Graduate Center for Quantum Materials. All are world-leading institutions in their respective fields, and they operate highly attractive PhD programs in cooperation with universities both in Germany and abroad.
We offer our students a truly unique research environment with access to a large number of world-class research facilities, as well as a newly designed curriculum covering the frontiers of research on quantum materials. As a key new feature, the Center will introduce a set of high-level "Frontiers of Research" courses closely aligned with research at the Max Planck Institutes. Examples of "Frontiers of Research" in quantum materials are superconductivity, synthesis of quantum materials, quantum heterostructures, spin orbitronics, neuromorphic computing, or dynamical control. These courses will typically taught to small groups of students. In order to offset the geographical separation of the participating institutions, students from different locations will gather for courses at a central location. Beside these block course, students can benefit from a dedicated network of “immersive” video studios at all institutes involved in the Graduate Center. The "Frontiers in Research" series and other courses will be complemented by a number of courses which are offered at the participating MPIs and the associated International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS). We offer an English-language curriculum comprising lecture courses, a training program in complementary skills, and summer and winter schools with leading international partner institutions. This will provide you a unique opportunity to kick-start a successful scientific career. All accepted young researcher will receive financial support in the form of stipends or working contracts according to the German public sector.
The application procedure for our program and the selection criteria are described on our website in detail. The highly competitive selection procedure is based on academic performance, recommendation letters, Skype and on-site interviews for shortlisted candidates. Applications are welcome for the autumn term with start on September 1st, 2020. For more information about our Center, the participating MPIs, and the research topics please have a look at our website.
The management of the Graduate Center, i.e. its speaker (Prof. B. Keimer) and the coordination office (Dr. Zrinka Gattin), are centrally located in Stuttgart at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Heisenbergstr. 1, 70569 Stuttgart. In case of any questions don’t hesitate to contact us by email.
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
In order to maintain the leading role of the Max Planck Society in the field of quantum materials, we are looking for excellent students in relevant research fields such as physics, chemistry and material sciences. We are searching for highly motivated students who have a record of excellence in their previous studies. Applicants are expected to have an outstanding Bachelor or Master degree in a field of study which is well-aligned with our research activities. Candidates from any country can apply for admission to our Center. Gender balance is an important issue for us, and we particularly welcome applications from female candidates. Furthermore, we encourages applications from individuals with disabilities.
First research experience in the filed of quantum materials
EURAXESS offer ID: 350003
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