The Advanced Thin Film Technology (ATFT) group at the Institute of Materials
Science at TU Darmstadt invites applications for a position as
Ph.D. candidate (all genders) – 75 %
Employed with a fixed-term contract for 3 years in the area of sustainable
“green” magnetic materials based on iron.
Within a new collaborative research center (CRC/SFB 1487) funded by the
German Research Foundation (DFG), we intend to design materials with novel
magnetic functionalities based on the most abundant element iron (Fe). In
the project, the idea is to modify iron thin films using other common elements
such as nitrogen, boron or carbon in such a way that Fe becomes a permanent
magnetic material as strong as the best permanent magnets known today. The
experimental techniques will include modern thin film deposition (molecular
beam epitaxy), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
(XPS) and extensive magnetic characterizations by a superconducting quantum
interference device (SQUID).
This project is part of a collaborative research centre (CRC) which means
that a large number of fellow PhD students will work on related topics forming
a lively and creative joint research atmosphere.
Excellent candidates with a M.Sc. from materials science, physics or
equivalent need to have a good knowledge of solid-state physics and magnetic
properties. Background and practical experience in vacuum technology, thin
film deposition and magnetic characterization are a valuable advantage.
Excellent communication skills also in english(spoken and written) for
interdisciplinary work in our international team are required.
For additional information contact: Prof. Dr. Lambert Alff, E-mail:
Opportunity for further qualification (doctoral dissertation) is given. The
fulfillment of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of
The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female
employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal
qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal
will be given preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective
agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität
Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt).
The application needs to include a letter of motivation, CV, B.Sc.,
M.Sc./Diploma certificates and grades and at least two letters of reference or
recommendation. Please send your application by E-Mail in one single pdf file
with the reference number to Prof. Lambert Alff – E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org-
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Code No. 10
January 05, 2022
January 24, 2022