PhD Position in Materials Science
University of Tubingen

PhD student / doctoral candidate in Materials Science (m/f/d, E13 TV-L, 50-75%)

Faculty of Science, Institute of Applied Physics

Application deadline: 31.07.2024

The Soft Matter Physics Group at the University of Tübingen is searching for a

PhD student / doctoral candidate in Materials Science (m/f/d, E13 TV-L, 50-75%)

The position is limited for three years.

The group deals with the physics of molecular and biological materials using X-ray and neutron scattering. The main research areas are materials for photovoltaics (such as organic semiconductors and organic-inorganic halide perovskites), proteins in solutions and at the interfaces, and complex nano-structured materials (inorganic nanoparticles in organic matrix). For more information, visit our web page: 

Currently, we are looking for a PhD student to work on high-throughput correlative structure-property studies of mixed organic semiconductor thin films.

Your tasks

  • Deposition of organic semiconductor thin film samples using a dedicated organic molecular beam deposition (OMBD) chamber developed in the group
  • Characterization of the resulting films by means of UV-Vis spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry, and structural investigation by means of advanced X-ray scattering methods (X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and grazing-incidence small-/wide-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS/GIWAXS))
  • Participation in X-ray scattering experiments at world leading large-scale X-ray facilities such as Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY in Hamburg, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF in Grenoble and European X-ray Free Electron Laser EuXFEL in Schenefeld
  • Analysis of the collected X-ray scattering data using modern approaches, including machine learning tools developed in the group
  • Presentation of the obtained scientific results on conferences and in publications


  • Master’s degree in Physics or Chemistry, or equivalent
  • Interest in Materials Science
  • Good written and spoken English
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team
  • Programming skills (Python or MATLAB) and lab working experience are strong advantages

The university seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women academics to apply for these positions. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference in the hiring process. The university is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. It therefore takes individual situations into account and asks for relevant information. The employment will be handled by the central administration of the University of Tübingen.

Applications should be accompanied by a cover letter describing motivation, skills and any special achievements. Furthermore, a CV and a transcript of records should be added. The position is to be filled immediately. The deadline for the application is 31.07.2024. Please send your application in one PDF file to softmatterspam Enquiries may also be sent to this address.

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