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PhD/Postdoc Position on Functional Molecules on Complex Oxides

The scanning probe microscopy group at the Physics Department of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg is looking for an outstanding PhD candidate in the field of molecular self-assembly and on-surface synthesis of low-dimensional carbon materials on oxide surfaces. The PhD project aims at understanding and controlling the self-assembly and reaction of molecular nanostructures on bulk oxide surfaces at the single molecule level. High-resolution scanning probe microscopy methods (mainly non-contact atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy) at low temperatures are employed in order to probe their local structural and electronic properties. The project is part of the ERC Project SURFLINK and DFG Research unit FUNCOS – Functional Molecular Structures on Complex Oxide – that provides close collaboration with research groups from theory and synthetic chemistry (http://www.funcos.uni-erlangen.de/).

We offer outstanding infrastructure and broad interdisciplinary surroundings. The PhD student will be integrated in the PhD Program of the DFG Research unit FUNCOS – Functional Molecular Structures on Complex Oxide. For more information, please contact Prof. Sabine Maier, sabine.maier@fau.

The position is available immediately with a planned duration of 3 years (PhD) Postdoc (2 years). The salary will be according to the German TV-L. Applications must include a brief statement of interest, CV including an academic transcript with the obtained marks and contact information of 2 references. Please submit your application by e-mail to Prof. Dr. Sabine Maier: sabine.maier@fau.de.

 

PhD/Postdoc Position on Scanning Probe Microscopy of Low-dimensional Nanomaterials on Surfaces

The scanning probe microscopy group at the Physics Department of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg is looking for a highly-motivated Ph.D. candidate in experimental nanoscience in the field of the atomic-scale characterization and bottom-up fabrication of low-dimensional molecular nanomaterials with peculiar electronic properties via self-assembly and on-surface reactions. The Ph.D. project aims at understanding and controlling the fabrication and electronic structure of novel atomically precise low-dimensional materials (graphene nanoribbons, porous graphene, …) on metal and oxide surfaces through the structural design of the precursor and preprogrammed reaction schemes. We use high-resolution scanning probe techniques – including non-contact atomic force microscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy – in ultra-high vacuum at low temperatures for their structural and electronic characterization. Using functionalized tips, we can resolve with these experimental methods individual atoms and bonds in the molecular materials to unambiguously identify their structure. In a second step, the electronic properties of the low-dimensional materials are investigated by scanning tunneling spectroscopy and Kelvin probe force microscopy.

The project is part of the ERC Project SURFLINK and DFG Collaborative research center SFB953 – Synthetic carbon allotropes – (https://chemistry.nat.fau.eu/research/dfg/sfb953/) that provide close collaboration with research groups from experimental physics, theory, and synthetic chemistry. The specially designed molecular building blocks with tailored functionalities are provided by collaborators. We offer outstanding infrastructure and broad interdisciplinary surroundings.

Required qualifications include a master’s degree in Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science or in a related field. A solid background in surface science and previous experience using ultrahigh vacuum surface analysis equipment would be a benefit, is however not expected. Excellent communication skills in English are required.

The position is available immediately for 3 years (PhD) Postdoc (2 years). The salary will be according to the German TV-L. Applications must include a brief statement of interest, CV including an academic transcript with the obtained marks and contact information of 2 references. Please submit your application by e-mail to Prof. Dr. Sabine Maier: sabine.maier@fau.de.

 

Bachelor/Master Students

Diploma, Bachelor and Master students looking forward to complete their degree at our group are very welcome. If you are interested just pay us a visit or write an email to sabine.maier@fau.de.