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Reference number: 2020-398

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Fundamental research in quantum nanoscience is of utmost importance for the emerging quantum technologies, including quantum computing. We use our extensive knowledge in surface science and nanoscience to contribute to quantum nanoscience and its primary goal: the manipulation and exploitation of quantum-coherent functionality in nanostructures.

We are offering a position as

Postdoc in SPM-based nanofabrication of molecular devices and machines

Your Job:

This position is part of an ERC-funded research project led by Dr. Christian Wagner which is focused on the development and application of controlled manipulation of individual molecules with an LT-STM/AFM. To this end, we combine the expertise of experimental and theoretical physicists as well as machine learning experts in a single team. We have developed the MoMaLab which integrates the SPM with an advanced, AI-based, control infrastructure developed for molecular manipulation.

As part of Dr. Wagner`s team you will use the MoMaLab to fabricate, characterize, and use functional (supra-) molecular nanostructures. Your tasks in detail are

  • Selection and characterization of molecules suitable as building blocks for molecular devices
  • Design and assembly of molecular machines which couple charge flow and motion
  • Exploring quantum transport in well-defined molecular junctions
  • Application and further development of scanning quantum dot microscopy (SQDM)
  • Expansion of the MoMaLab infrastructure in collaboration with AI experts
  • Publication and presentation of results, as well as supervision of PhD students

Your Profile:

  • Highly-motivated scientist with a master degree and a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, or a related field
  • Experience in scanning probe microscopy
  • Programming skills
  • Ability to work independently in an international team and publish research results

Our Offer:

  • Exciting working environment on an attractive research campus with excellent infrastructure, located between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • Full-time position without teaching duties in a highly-motivated interdisciplinary team at an institute addressing the various challenges of quantum nanoscience
  • Training in all relevant molecular manipulation techniques and in the use of the MoMaLab
  • Possibility for career development via schemes offered within the Helmholtz association and beyond (e. g., junior research groups)
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life
  • Limited for 2 years with possible longer-term prospects
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)


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We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

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