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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.
Our Electron Microscopy Center is offering a
PhD position: In-situ Transmission Electron Microscopy Studies of Ferroelectric Domain Formation and Polarization Switching
This offered PhD Position on In-situ atomic-scale studies of ferroelectric domain wall dynamics  is funded by SNSF.


The aim of this
project is to understand the microscopic mechanisms of nucleation and domain wall motion by probing ferroelectric domain dynamics at atomic resolution. For this purpose in-situ heating/electrical biasing transmission electron microscopy investigations will be carried out in combination with advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques (e.g. aberration-corrected STEM, STEM-DPC, electron holography, EELS and EDX). A substantial part of this position involves the development and/or implementation of new image analysis methods. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with the Laboratory for Multifunctional Ferroic Materials at  ETH Zürich, Prof. Manfred Fiebig.

We are looking for a highly-motivated and skilled student holding a Master’s degree in physics, materials science or related field. Preferably you have previous experience with transmission electron microscopy, image analysis and/or programming (e.g. Matlab, Python). Proficiency in spoken and written English is mandatory, basic comprehension and oral expression skills in German are desirable.


This full-time position will be available as of June 2018. The planned project duration is four years.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Marta Rossell, marta.rossell@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s299 and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

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