PhD position ultrafast dynamics in nanomaterials at the Free University of Berlin, Germany

About the position: you will investigate ultrafast dynamical processes in nanomaterials, such as 2D materials, nanotubes, quantum dots and nanoscale heterostructures. To do so, you will play a leading role in building an instrument called a coherent multidimensional electronic spectrometer, which can probe the quantum nature of electrons with a temporal resolution of 10 fs (10-14 seconds). The technique is especially well-suited to look at excitons (bound electron-hole pairs) and their interactions with phonons, spins or other electronic excitations. While we do fundamental science, our broader motivation is that this fundamental understanding helps design better materials for applications such as solar cells, LEDs and lasers. The group will join the TRR 227 on ultrafast spin dynamics on 01.01.24, where we plan to study the exciton structure and dynamics in two-dimensional magnets and spintronic heterostructures.

What we offer:
• A PhD position in experimental condensed matter physics (3 years, possibility of extension)
• Opportunities to develop skills relevant to any career choice (academia, industry,…). Beyond becoming an expert in ultrafast nanoscience, you will develop data analysis, programming, project management, writing and communications skills
• Last but not least: you will work in a dynamic and young team, with brand new lab equipment
• MSc degree or equivalent in the physical sciences, strong background and interest in solid state physics, quantum physics and/or spectroscopy
• Strong written and oral English skills
• Curiosity to understand how things work at a fundamental level
• You should like the idea of practical work and building things in the lab together with other team members

Berlin: The group is located on the FU Berlin campus, in the southwest of Germany’s capital. Beyond its excellent scientific environment, Berlin is a diverse city with lots to explore during your free time.

Application: Please send motivation letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications (if available), description of previous work, and at least two academic references to Closing date: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Starting date: flexible. Ideally between March and May 2024.
For more information please contact: Prof. Dr. Hélène Seiler ( )