PhD Position in Physical Chemistry / Spectroscopy
University of Freiburg, Institute of Physical Chemistry


PhD position in physical chemistry / spectroscopy

The Institute of Physical Chemistry offers a PhD position in physical chemistry / spectroscopy | term for filing application: 31.12.2019
Consider making the switch to the University of Freiburg: It is one of the most renowned and strongest research universities in Germany, with a history spanning more than 500 years. You'll engage in top-notch research and teaching with a unique spectrum of disciplines, perspectives, and people - right in the heart of one of Germany's most beautiful cities.
The University of Freiburg's human resources policy is oriented toward the principles of equal opportunity and diversity. The university is committed to the goal of creating a family-friendly university.

The Institute of Physical Chemistry offers a

PhD position in physical chemistry / spectroscopy
Part-time position (50 %), Start-date: At the earliest possible date.

Applications are invited for a doctoral position to work in the group of Dr. S. Richert within the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Freiburg. The position is initially limited to three years and funded by the Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The project aims at investigating the factors influencing spin-information transfer in organic multi-spin systems by combining modern optical spectroscopy and pulse electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The long-term goal is to provide design principles for materials to be used for molecular spintronics applications.

All of these potential applications require the search for new materials, new devices, and design rules, to enable a fundamental understanding of the underlying physical processes and to reveal the importance of specific molecular properties for an efficient generation, transfer and storage of spin information.

The successful candidate will work at the University of Freiburg, one of the leading research and teaching institutions in Germany. S/he will work as part of a small team, in direct contact with the members of other research groups at the Institute of Physical Chemistry. Through the work on the project, the candidate will be made familiar with (i) state-of-the-art pulse EPR methods and (ii) modern optical spectroscopic techniques from the femtosecond to the microsecond time scale and learn about their applicability to current research challenges in the field of molecular spintronics.

Depending on the strengths and interests of the successful applicant, the focus of the individually designed subproject may either lie on the theoretical (programming, data analysis and simulations, method development) or practical (spectroscopic measurements, synthesis) aspects of the project. 

Highly motivated candidates with a master's degree in either chemistry or physics are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants should have a solid background in physical chemistry (spectroscopy), good presentation and writing skills in English and/or German and must be able to work independently as part of a team in an interdisciplinary environment. Previous experience with programming (MATLAB, Python), advanced optical spectroscopy, or magnetic resonance spectroscopy, is advantageous, but not required.

Applications (in English or German) should include a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, degree certificates and grades, and full contact details of at least two referees.

The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13.
We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Please send in a complete and convincing application in English with the above-mentioned supporting documents including the reference number 00000708, by date 31.12.2019 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:
University of Freiburg
Institute of Physical Chemistry
Dr. Sabine Richert
Albertstr. 21
79104 Freiburg
(please a single PDF, no more than 10 MB):
For further information, please contact Frau Dr. Sabine Richert on the phone number +49 761 203-6207 or E-Mail .
General and legal remarks:
Full-time positions may generally be split up into two or more part-time positions, provided that there are no formal or legal barriers. Candidates are selected in accordance with the provisions of the AGG (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz - German General Equal Treatment Act).
Applicants with disabilities (Schwerbehinderte Menschen) will be given preferential consideration in case of equal qualification.
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