PhD Position: Time domain studies in nanoscale ferroelectrics in Potsdam / Berlin, Germany

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to do research within the French-German project FEAT (Ferroelectrics at the nanoscale on silicon). The project is funded by the DFG and the position is limited initially to a term of three years. The research will be conducted at the Institute for Physics & Astronomy at the University of Potsdam and at the Synchrotron-Radiation facility BESSY II of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin within the research group “Ultrafast dynamics in condensed matter”, guided by Prof. Matias Bargheer.


The applicant will do experimental work on time-domain investigations of ferroelectric domains and ferroelectric switching. Experiments will include contacted devices subjected to ferroelectric test cycles. Operando studies of the dynamics using time-resolved x-ray diffraction and scanning near-field optical microscopy will be conducted and analyzed by the applicant.


Master or diploma in physics or a related discipline is required
Applicants with expertise in ferroelectrics, near-field microscopy, strain engineering, ultrafast optics, x-ray diffraction or experiments at synchrotron radiation facilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

  • Skills in mathematical and numerical modeling are welcome
  • We are looking for highly self-motivated individuals who are fascinated by physics and want to work in a team of other PhD students and PostDocs.

The position as a scientific staff member (PhD student) is available from March 1st, 2021. The salary is determined by the collective bargaining agreement for public employ-ees in Germany (TV-L 13 Ost) with 66.67% of a full-time contract.

Applications should be send to Prof. Matias Bargheer via Email to before 15.01.2021. The documents should include a CV, a short statement of current and future research interest and a list of publications.

Under the laws of the federal state of Brandenburg, employees under this contract are permitted to dedicate at least 33% of their contract time for their scientific qualification.
The University of Potsdam aims to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore invites qualified applicants to apply. The University of Potsdam values the diversity of its members and pursues the goals of equal opportunities regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, disability, age, sexual orientation or identity. In the case of equal suitability, women within the meaning of Section 7 (4) BbgHG and severely disabled people will be given preferential consideration.