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PhD position: Atomically precise manipulation of molecules with a low-temperature scanning probe microscope (SPM) in three dimensions

Advertising institute: PGI-3 - Functional Nanostructures at Surfaces
Reference number: D159/2017, Physics, Chemistry

For its research towards mechanical engineering on the molecular scale (molecular electronics & machines), the department Functional Nanostructures at Surfaces (PGI-3) offers a PhD project (Dr. rer. nat.) in the field of

Atomically precise manipulation of molecules with a low-temperature scanning probe microscope (SPM) in three dimensions

The idea to freely control the atomic-scale structure of matter has intrigued scientists for many decades. There is, however, no precise method for the controlled manipulation of molecules beyond lateral rearrangement. The goal of this PhD project is to develop new experimental methods of molecular manipulation with the SPM and to use controlled molecular manipulation for the construction of single-molecule devices. The fundamental challenge addressed by this project is the precise identification of molecular conformations at any time during manipulation. The work will be conducted in close collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of scientists working for example in the field of molecular simulation or machine learning.

Further details about the research project are available from Dr. Christian Wagner (c.wagner@fz-juelich.de).
The project is funded by a starting grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for the project “Controlled Mechanical Manipulation of Molecules CM3”, and carried out by the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ). The FZJ is one of the largest German research centers. It offers excellent opportunities for research in an international environment. Within the Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), founded under the auspices of the German Excellence Initiative, it is closely linked to the RWTH Aachen University.

Salaries are competitive (TvöD + allowance depending on the candidate's profile), teaching load is low and dissertations are usually completed within three years.

Requirements
Candidates with an MSc or equivalent degree in Physics, Chemistry or a related discipline, with an overall grade of at least "good", are strongly encouraged to apply. Advantageous are programming skills, experience in fields like scanning-probe microscopy and ultra-high vacuum.

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

Application
For further information about the project contact Dr. Christian Wagner (c.wagner@fz-juelich.de). For an overview visit the group's web page at PGI-3.

Please send your application, including the relevant documents and stating your interests, preferably via e-mail (c.wagner@fz-juelich.de).
Christian Wagner
Peter Grünberg Institut (PGI-3)
Forschungszentrum Jülich
52425 Jülich
Germany

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