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The Emmy Noether junior research group “Metal coordination nano structures” belonging to the Department of Physics at Osnabrück University (Germany) invites applications for a

Research Assistant (m/f/d)
in the field of nanosystems and atomic force microscopy
(salary grade E 13 TV-L, 67%)

to start as soon as possible and for the duration of three years.

Organometallic nanostructures in two dimensions are most promising materials for novel concepts in information processing, we especially pursue charge-based concepts such as the quantum cellular automaton.
Charge stability within nanostructures is of central importance for these concepts. Therefore, we employ atomically-flat surfaces of dielectric materials as isolating substrates to maintain functionality of the materials. The preparation of the nanostructures is performed using surface-science techniques under ultra-high vacuum conditions.
High-resolution scanning tunnelling and atomic force microscopy enable the imaging and manipulation of nanostructures. We operate these techniques at low temperatures (5K), where a specific functionalization of the scanning tip even allows to image single atoms within molecular structures. A new combined scanning tunnelling and atomic force microscope operated under ultra-high vacuum conditions and at low temperatures will be available.

Description of responsibilities:

  • You will contribute to the research of the DFG-funded Emmy Noether project.
  • The preparation of two-dimensional organometallic structures on insulator surfaces and under ultra-high vacuum conditions will be of central importance. Possible directions include the preparation of network structures formed by molecules and single metal atoms, or porous organic host networks with guest metal clusters. Furthermore the incorporation of spin-active centres, such as lanthanides, is envisioned.
  • The second major task will be the modification of charge states within the nanostructures. Using the tip of a scanning probe microscope, single sites within the organometallic materials shall be addressed and the reaction of the networks due to charge injection or removal be investigated.  

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work towards a PhD.

Required qualifications:

  • Candidates are required to hold a M.Sc. or diploma degree in physics or in a related discipline with strong physical or physico-chemical focus
  • Good knowledge of the English language (written and oral)

Idealerweise verfügen Sie über:

  • Erfahrungen im Umgang mit Ultrahochvakuumtechnik und/oder Rastersondenmikroskopie

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience with ultra-high vacuum technology and/or scanning probe microscopy

We offer:

  • New state-of-the art experimental equipment.
  • Participation in an exciting and highly relevant field of studies, embedded in international co-operations.
  • An open and most stimulating working atmosphere.

Osnabrück University has been certified as a family-friendly university committed to helping working/studying parents and carers balance their family and work life.

The university aspires to ensure equal opportunities for men and women and strives to work towards a gender balance in schools or departments where new appointments are made.

If equally qualified candidates apply, preference will be given to those with special needs.

Applications should be submitted via e-mail not later than March 2nd 2020 to Dr Philipp Rahe, e-mail: prahe@uni-osnabrueck.de.

For further information, please contact Dr Philipp Rahe by phone (+49 541 969 2261) or via e-mail: prahe@uni-osnabrueck.de.
We look very much forward to receiving your application!