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PhD position for the Investigations of Topological and Quantum Magnets

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    Prof B Lake
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Reference No.: EM 2019/11

The institute of Quantum Phenomena in Novel Materials undertakes world leading research in quantum and frustrated magnetism, multifunctional materials and superconductivity. As well as operating several X-ray and neutron instruments it also offers a state-of-the-art materials synthesis program and the full range of standard sample characterization facilities including X-ray Laue and powder diffraction, magnetization, specific heat and transport measurements.

Tasks and Topic of the doctoral thesis

"Investigations of Topological and Quantum Magnets"
The PhD student will investigate topological and quantum magnets with particular focus on frustrated and low dimensional magnetism.Current research has revealed exotic phases such as classical and quantum spin ice which exhibit monopole excitations and new forms of topological order such as spin liquids with fractional excitations. These phenomena will be investigated by selecting materials which display these properties and using the experimental techniques of bulk physical properties measurements as well as neutron and X-ray scattering to study their behaviour. Pressure and magnetic field will be used to tune the ground states and provide additional insight, while deeper understanding will also be gained by performing computer simulations and by collaboration with theorists.


Applicants should have or be close to finishing a master/diploma degree in physics and should have taken courses in condensed matter physics.

Please attach to your application the following documents:
Motivation letter, CV and the contact details of at least two academic references.

What we offer

Fixed term contract for 36 months. The salary is based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service (TVöD-Bund).

We particularly welcome applications from women. Preference will be given to handicapped applicants provided equal suitability.

We look forward to receiving your application via our application management system by 24.07.2019. For reasons of data protection regulations, we are unfortunately unable to consider applications that reach us by email or by mail in the application process.

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109 Berlin

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