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PhD-Position in Nanomagnetism and Neutron/X-ray Scattering

Advertising institute: JCNS-2 - Scattering Methods
Reference number: D155/2017, Experimental Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, or Crystallography

The Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) of the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH develops and operates outstanding neutron scattering instruments at the best neutron sources in the world. Within our research fields „Soft Matter and Biophysics“ and „Correlated Electron Systems and Nanomagnetism“ we offer researchers from science and industry the use of these instruments including excellent sample environment and support laboratory infrastructure. At JCNS-2 we are actively pursuing a research program in the field of hard matter science to understand the structural and magnetic order, fluctuations and excitations in magnetic systems and in highly correlated electron systems at the atomic level.

The JCNS together with the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ, Garching, Germany) is inviting applications for a 3-year PhD position, starting as soon as possible.

The PhD position is dedicated to the research on the structure and magnetism of superparamagnetic nanoparticles. Magnetic nanoparticles are found to possess considerably different magnetic properties than those found in their corresponding bulk materials. The understanding and control of the physical properties of such nanoparticles is of significant importance from both fundamental and technological point of view. For example, the development of magnetic storage devices is reaching its limit with respect to the density of the recording media and ordered assemblies of magnetic nanoparticles can be considered as a potential future solution.

With scattering methods we aim to determine the detailed magnetic structure of the nanoparticles and relate it to their properties and functionalities.

Aims of the thesis work:

  • Systematic investigation of the magnetic structure of the nanoparticle surface with respect to its magnetic properties in dependence on the nanoparticle size
  • Perform magnetization and susceptibility measurements, small-angle X-ray scattering and small-angle neutron scattering with polarized neutrons
  • Use of complementary techniques – diffraction, Mössbauer spectroscopy, reflectometry, mass spectroscopy, etc.
  • Publication of results in peer reviewed scientific journals

Your profile:

  • Completed study in Experimental Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, or Crystallography
  • Passion for experimental work in solid state physics and nanoscience
  • Experience with scattering methods is a plus, but not a prerequisite
  • Affinity to use various software for data analysis
  • Willingness to travel (regular travels between MLZ in Garching and JCNS in Jülich are foreseen)

Our offer:

  • Interesting and challenging work at state of the art neutron and X-ray facilities
  • Working in an international, interdisciplinary environment
  • Participation in national and international conferences
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)

Working place: Garching near Munich

The Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Please submit your enquiries and application (including letter of motivation, CV, names of at least two persons to be contacted as references, and a list of passed courses and obtained grades as a single pdf file) to

Dr. Artem Feoktystov
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
85748 Garching

Tel: +49-89 289-10746