PhD position in the field of carbon-based quantum spin devices

Materials science and technology are our passion. With our cutting-edge research, Empa's around 1,100 employees make essential contributions to the well-being of society for a future worth living. Empa is a research institution of the ETH Domain.
The nanotech@surfaces Laboratory is looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong experimental background in Solid State Physics, Surface Science or Quantum Nanoscience who wants to pursue cutting-edge research at a world-class level.

Your tasks

In this project, you will synthesize and characterize strongly correlated quantum many-body spin systems using methods based on scanning probe microscopy (SPM). You will study local excitations at the single spin site level in bottom-up fabricated nanographene chains using a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope. In combination with multiconfigurational simulations, such experiments will determine the energetics and dynamics of electronic and spin excitations in these strongly correlated quantum many-body systems. Obtaining precise and flexible control over spin sites and interactions will open ways toward the operation of carbon-based quantum spin devices.

Your profile

Required qualifications include a Master's Degree in Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, or equivalent with a strong background in solid-state physics or quantum nanoscience. Prior experience with scanning probe microscopy, ultra-high vacuum technology, low-dimensional materials, or computational nanoscience are advantageous but not strictly required. We are looking for a highly motivated team player that is curious to learn new things, and has excellent English communication skills.

Our offer

Join our world-class team to explore carbon-based quantum systems with a global network of collaborators where you can build a competitive research portfolio. Located in the Zurich Area, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technologies (Empa) offers outstanding infrastructure, a broad interdisciplinary environment and competitive salaries. Empa is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. 
The position is available starting April 2024 or upon agreement, with a planned duration of three to four years.
We live a culture of inclusion and respect. We welcome all people who are interested in innovative, sustainable and meaningful activities - that's what counts.
We look forward to receiving your complete online application including a letter of motivation, CV, certificates, diplomas and contact details of two reference persons. Please submit these exclusively via our job portal. Applications by e-mail and by post will not be considered.
Cristina Marinoni, Bereichspersonalleiterin / HR Partner


  Prof. Dr. Roman Fasel
Head of nanotech@surfaces Laboratory

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