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Reference number: 2019D-155

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The Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI) is the central platform for basic research in the field of nanoelectronics and combines cutting-edge research, technology development and innovative device concepts. At PGI-7 (Electronic Materials Department) our research focuses on the nanoelectronics of the future, neuromorphic computing, and nanoscale phenomena in electrochemical energy conversion. To this end, we investigate nanoelectronic phenomena in oxides and electronically-active organic molecules, to develop beyond state-of-the-art concepts for future information processing.

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Topotactic phase transitions for neuromorphic behavior

Your Job:

We are offering a PhD position in the field of oxide nanoelectronics, enabling to conduct ground breaking research in the field of neuromorphic (human-brain-like) computation. In this position, you will have the opportunity to discover novel physical phenomena and to develop fundamentally new device concepts. Neuromorphic networks emulating the computational functionality of the human brain are one essential building block for the solution of the huge societal challenges arising from the growing demand for energy and information around the world. Such systems rely on electronic and spintronic devices that have the ability to adopt different and controllable electrical resistance. In this thesis, we aim to employ the topotactic phase transition of dedicated oxides to realize 3-terminal devices with neuromorphic functionality. Focus of this project is the detailed understanding of the material close to this phase transition, the development of control-strategies, and finally the realization of a new generation of functional devices.

Your tasks in detail:

  • Synthesis of tailored epitaxial thin films and heterostructures with atomic precision
  • Low temperature characterization of electronic transport and magnetism
  • Advanced in-situ spectroscopy, including neutron scattering and ambient atmosphere photoemis-sion, on the established nanostructures
  • Fabrication of neuromorphic devices and characterization of synaptic behavior
  • Presentation, communication, and publication of cutting-edge research in international environment

Your Profile:

  • Excellent University degree in physics, materials science or related
  • Detailed knowledge in Solid State Physics
  • Interdisciplinary and cross-topical thinking
  • Developed experimental skills
  • experiences in oxide epitaxy or electronic/magnetic characterization or x-ray spectroscopy will be preferred
  • Team-minded, self-reliant, and highly motivated character
  • Good communicational skills in English
  • German skills are beneficial

Our Offer:

  • Outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure – ideal conditions for successfully completing a doctoral degree
  • In this position, you will be part of the oxide interface focus team at PGI-7 with the great opportunity to profit from technical and scientific support across the institute.
  • Our attractive campus is situated in between the cities of Cologne, Aachen, and Düsseldorf.
  • PGI-7 works in close collaboration with our partner institute at RWTH Aachen University, allowing straight-forward organization of the PhD graduation process.
  • Outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure – ideal conditions for successfully completing a doctoral degree
  • Chance of participating in (international) conferences and project meetings
  • Continuous, professional support by your scientific supervisor
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. via a comprehensive further training programme
  • Pay in line with 75 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) pay higher than the basic pay may be possible
  • Usually a contract for the duration of 3 years


Forschungszentrum Jülich would like to employ more staff in this area. We are therefore particularly interested in women`s applications.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site until 29.09.2019, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Questions about the vacancy?
Contact us by mentioning the reference number 2019D-155: career@fz-juelich.de
Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.