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Ph.D. Position: Element-selective studies of ultrafast magnetization and spin dynamics by photoemission microscopy

Advertising institute: PGI-6 - Electronic Properties
Reference number: D078/2013, Physics

The department „Electronic Properties“ of the Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI-6) is offering a PhD position.

Job description/location

Magnetization dynamics on the pico- and femtosecond time scale is at the heart of magnetic switching processes in spintronics, magnetic logics and data storage. The relevant devices comprise complex layer structures comprising various interacting magnetic and nonmagnetic components. In order to disentangle the microscopic processes and coupling phenomena which govern the magnetization dynamics in such structures, we employ time-resolved x-ray photoemission microscopy (XPEEM) with synchrotron radiation which combines element selectivity and magnetic sensitivity with high temporal and lateral resolution. This instrument is operated as a permanent endstation at the Jülich variable polarization beamline at BESSY II, Berlin.

Using the time-resolved XPEEM technique you will explore the various physical processes which determine the dynamic response of a magnetic system to ultrashort magnetic field pulses, spin-polarized currents and laser pulses. This work includes the implementation of new measurement routines into the microscope. You will also be responsible for the preparation and structuring of the layer structures using state-of-the-art thin film growth and lithography techniques. . Job location will be the Helmholtz-Center of Materials and Energy, BESSY II, in Berlin-Adlershof.

Your profile
The successful candidate

  • should have an excellent Master's degree in Physics with a focus on experimental Condensed Matter Physics,
  • should have experience in one of the following fields: ultrahigh vacuum, electron spectroscopy, electron microscopy, synchrotron radiation, thin film magnetism,
  • is able to work independently as well as in a small team,
  • has good communication skills,
  • has the ability to get to the heart of the problem and solve it quickly and efficiently.

What we offer

  • Leading edge science and equipment
  • Experienced and friendly research team
  • Strongly motivating research environment with world-leading experimental and theory groups

Forschungszentrum Jülich is an equal-opportunity employer and therefore welcomes applications from women and disabled persons.

Please send your application (including CV and exam results) by email to
Prof. Dr. C. M. Schneider: