PhD position (m/f/d)

Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth (IKZ), Berlin

The Leibniz-Institute for Crystal Growth (IKZ) is a leading research institution in the area of science & technology as well as service & transfer of crystalline materials. Our goal is to enable solutions for urgent societal challenges (e.g. communication, artificial intelligence, climate protection, health etc.) by modern electronic & photonic technologies. The work covers the full spectrum from basic over applied research up to pre-industrial development and is performed in collaboration with national and international partners from university, academy and industry. 

The institute is part of Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (https://www.fv-berlin.de/) and a member of the Leibniz Association, www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de.

Commencing as soon as possible there is an opening for a

PhD position (m/f/d)

for the topic: “Investigation of growth of lithium niobate-tantalate solid solution single crystals”

Job description:

The position is part of the DFG research unit FOR5044 „Low-dimensional periodic defect structures in polar oxides“ and includes the investigation of melt growth phenomena and fundamental characterization of the crystals mentioned above.

The applicant is supposed to carry out thermal analysis, crystal growth experiments, numerical modeling and chemical-physical characterization of the crystals. The PhD work will provide a comprehensive insight into the various aspects of scientific crystal growth. The work topics are performed with support of the experienced project staff.


  • A MSc degree or Diploma in materials science, material engineering, physical engineering sciences, chemistry or a related discipline
  • Performing scientifically work in a self-reliant and structured way within a highly motivated team of researchers and technicians, to share the acquired knowledge within the project group, and to disseminate the results in the scientific community
  • Decent experience with oxide materials and/or characterization techniques for crystals will be expedient
  • Excellent German and English language skills

What we offer

The position is limited to three years. Payment is according to TVöD (75%) (Treaty for German public service). Among equally qualified applicants, preference will be given to disabled candidates. The IKZ is an equal opportunity employer and actively supports reconciliation of work and family life.

There is equality for applicants of all genders. Qualified women are especially encouraged to apply.

For information about the project contact Dr. Steffen Ganschow, steffen.ganschow(at)ikz-berlin.de.

Have we aroused your interest?

Then apply with a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and all relevant certificates by 30.11.2020 to do so, please go to Job offers/jobs on our homepage and click on this advertisement and then on "Apply online". Please send us your complete application documents this way.

We look forward to receiving your application!

You can find more details on the institute webpage www.ikz-berlin.de.