The Center for Innovation Competence (ZIK) SiLi-nano – Silicon and Light: From Macro to Nano – is performing research on nanostructured materials used in solar energy conversion and will be adding two additional groups of young research scientists. SiLi-nano is jointly funded by the Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the Martin Luther University, the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems and the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics. The center is largely autonomous; structurally, it is managed as an interdisciplinary scientific facility as a part of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. The group „Light for high-voltage photovoltaics“ invites applications for the position of a PhD

This position is initially limited to three years with the planned starting date of 01.12.2017.

The salary will be commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate within the salary scale (67%) 13 TV-L.


  • Masters in Physics, in Materials Science/Engineering or a related discipline
  •  Solid background in Solid State Physics
  • Knowledge or experience in thin process and techniques such as atomic force microscope
  •  Motivated to work in an international environment
  •  Ability to communicate in English (written and oral)


  • Growth of multiferroic and complex oxide materials using pulsed laser deposition under RHEED control.
  •  Analysing the structure of the films using XRD
  •  Using and modifying setups for photoelectrical and scanning probe measurements
  •  Analysis of functional properties using AFM/PFM setup
  •  Transport measurements for analysing conduction mechanisms

Please submit your full application dossier with registration number 4-6520/17-D in the subject line until
09th October 2017 to Dr. Akash Bhatnagar, E-mail:

Applications should consist of (i) a motivation letter, (ii) a recent curriculum vitae, (iii) a list of publications (if any), (iv)
academic degrees and certificates, and (v) contact information of two individuals (e.g. professors) who could provide
an evaluation of the candidate upon request.

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