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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 nanotech@surfaces Laboratory is offering a

PhD Position in the field of low-dimensional carbon nanomaterials

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a strong experimental background in Solid State Physics, Surface Science or Physical Chemistry to take up a challenging PhD position in the area of low-dimensional carbon nanomaterials. In this PhD project, the on-surface synthesis of specific nanographenes containing non-alternant ring topologies and related covalently linked 1D graphene nanoribbons under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions will be explored, using surface scientific characterization tools such as scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS), non-contact atomic force microscopy (nc-AFM) and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES).

The successful candidate will be integrated in the binational project Exploring synthetic approaches to non-alternant ring topologies in graphene nanostructures (EnhanTopo) jointly funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The project builds on a close collaboration with our synthetic chemistry partners at the TU Dresden.

Required qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Physics or Physical Chemistry. A solid background in Surface Science and previous experience using STM or other UHV surface analysis equipment would be significant benefits. Very good communication skills in English are required, German language skills are beneficial. The position is available upon agreement with a planned duration of 3 years.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Pascal Ruffieux, pascal.ruffieux@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s205 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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