PhD Position (m/f/d) 050-23-1011

Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW)

The Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden e. V. (IFW Dresden) conducts modern materials research on a scientific basis for the development of new and sustainable materials and technologies. The institute employs an average of 500 people from over 40 nations and, in addition to its scientific tasks, is dedicated to promoting young scientists and engineers. Further information at: www.ifw-dresden.de

The Institute for Solid State Research at the IFW Dresden offers a

PhD Position (m/f/d)
Magnetometry and Thermodynamics on Emergent Materials with Magnetic Frustration

starting as soon as possible in part-time (20 hours per week).

The Research Team “Magnetic Properties” at the Institute for Solid State Research, IFW Dresden, is currently looking for a student (m/f/d) to fill a Doctoral Researcher Position in magnetometry and thermodynamics on emergent materials with magnetic frustration.

A central ingredient for the discovery of new magnetic states is the destabilization of conventional states such as simple ferromagnets or Néel antiferromagnets by the introduction of frustrated interactions. The aim of the doctoral research is an experimental study of new emerging magnetic materials with strong electronic correlations and magnetic frustration, especially those involving topological features such as spin liquids or phases close to them. The main focus will be on a comprehensive magnetic and thermodynamic characterization of materials by static magnetometry methods in combination with specific heat and thermal expansion/magnetostriction techniques.

This doctoral research project will be a part of Collaborative Research Center (SFB 1143) "Correlated Magnetism: From Frustration to Topology"; see https://tu-dresden.de/mn/physik/sfb1143 for further information. The doctoral student (m/f/d) will be embedded in the exciting research environment of the first large-scale collaborative research project in the field of frustrated magnetism in Germany, formed by the Technische Universität Dresden together with its external research institutes (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Leibniz IFW Dresden, Max Planck Institutes MPI PKS and MPI CPfS) and the Technische Universität Berlin.

We expect from the successful candidate (m/f/d) a Master’s degree in Physics (background in Solid State Physics and Magnetism) as well as a high motivation, creativity, and an enthusiastic interest in experimental research. Very good communication skills in English are a further expectation. Hands-on experience in laboratory work (e.g. handling cryogenic liquids, low temperatures, magnetic fields) and programming skills (e.g. LabView, Python, MATLAB) are desirable but not mandatory.

The remuneration is based on the TV-L (EG 13, 50 %). “The first contract is limited to 1 year, an extension for another 2 years is possible.”

IFW Dresden strives for a balanced gender ratio in all areas. In science, IFW Dresden would like to increase the proportion of women and therefore explicitly invites suitably qualified female scientists to apply. The application of severely disabled persons is explicitly welcome.

If you are interested in the position, please send your application including a CV, a motivation letter describing the research career goals, skills and experience, copies of all certificates should be sent citing the reference number 050-23-1011 online as a single pdf-file to:


The position will remain open until filled. For further information please contact Dr. Laura T. Corredor B. at l.t.corredor.bohorquez(at)ifw-dresden.de.