2 PhD positions funded by DFG (German Science Foundation) for 3 years are available in the laser
molecular spectroscopy group of Otto Dopfer at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.
The predominantly experimental research of our group involves
the laser spectroscopic, mass spectrometric, and quantum chemical investigation
of molecules, radicals, ions, clusters, and nanostructures in the gas phase,
with strong relevance to a broad range of interdisciplinary topics ranging from
biophysics, catalysis, astrochemistry, environmental chemistry,
and plasma physics to materials science.
The two funded projects deal with:
Project A: Photoionisation-induced site switching in aromatic molecule – solvent recognition
Project B: Electronic Structure of Silicon-containing Clusters and Nanodiamondoids
Brief summaries of both projects are given below.
Available equipment includes pulsed IR and UV lasers, several ion sources
and rf-traps, as well as several types of mass spectrometers.
Both projects involve national and international collaborations with groups in
Germany, Japan, France and Netherlands, so that the PhD student will
participate in international exchange. Moreover, we have regular access to
large-scale facilities such as the IR free electron lasers CLIO and FELIX
Qualified candidates should hold a Master in Physics, Chemistry, or related
fields. Experience in several of the following fields is of advantage but not mandatory:
(1) laser spectroscopy
(2) mass spectrometry
(3) ion sources (EI, CI, MALDI, ESI, laser desorption)
(4) ion traps
(5) vacuum physics
(6) molecular beams
(7) cluster science
(8) data acquisition
(9) construction of apparatus
(10) writing of publications, reports, and proposals
(11) communication skills
Interested and highly qualified candidates are encouraged to send their
- a cover letter
- a CV (including a list of publications)
- a statement of qualifications relevant for the position (max. 1 page)
- a statement of research interests (max. 1 page)
- names and complete addresses of two referees.
Evaluation of the applications will begin at December 6 (2013)
and will continue until the positions are filled.
The desired starting date is as soon as possible but negotiable.
Berlin is an international city at the heart of Europe
and offers an exciting scientific and cultural environment.
For further information, please contact:
Prof. Dr. Otto Dopfer
Institut fuer Optik und Atomare Physik
Technische Universitaet Berlin
Hardenbergstrasse 36, D-10623 Berlin