Research Associate For The Project “Oxide Nanoe-Lectromechanical Systems For Ultrasensitive And Robust Sensing Of Biomagnetic Fi University of Hamburg Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences / Department of Physics/ Institute for N Germany

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE FOR THE PROJECT “Oxide Nanoe-lectromechanical Systems for Ultrasensitive and Robust Sensing of Biomagnetic Fields(OXiNEMS)




The positionin accordance with Section28 subsection3of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on 01.05.2019.This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section2 of the academic fixed-term labor con-tract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of3 years.The position calls for 75% of standard work hours per week.


Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates mayalso pur-sue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:

OXiNEMS is a cooperative project within the framework of the European Union Horizon 2020 FETOPEN program with the aim to develop a new class of nanoelectromechanical systems based on integrated multifunctional oxides. Particularly, a nanomechanical sensor suitable to detect ultralow magnetic fields in the femto-Tesla regime will be developed.

The Hamburg team -consisting of Dr. Alexander Schwarz as project leader,a Postdoc and you (plus additional BSc-and MSc students) -is mainly responsible for device characterization and modelling of device performance. The device itself will consist of a superconducting field-to-gra-dient-converter and an integrated nanomechanical oscillator. The mechanical response of the oscillator to the presence of an external magnetic field will be read-out optically.

Initial characterization will be performed by Magnetic Force Microscopy at cryogenic tempera-tures. In a next step, a specific test stage operating at cryogenic temperatures has to be designed and constructe


A university degree in a relevant field. It could a diploma or MScin, e.g., physics, material sciencesor nanosciences. Experience in one (or more) of the following fields would be great:

-Scanning Probe Techniques (particularly Magnetic Force Microscopy)

-Oxide Materials-Superconductivity

-Cryogenic Instrumentation


-Modelling (particularly Finite Element Analysis)

Further, awillingness to cooperate and communicate in an international multidisciplinary project is expected as well as a dedication to push fundamental science forward into application.

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourageswomen to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in ac-cordance with the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG).

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the ap-plication process.

For further information, please contactAlexander Schwarz (see email address below)or consult our website at


Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree cer-tificate(s).

Please send applications by 30.04.2019to: do not submit original documents as we are not able toreturn them. Any documents sub-mitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

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