The Physics Institute at the University of Münster, Germany, invites applications for a PhD position as a (50% of full time):

Research Associate
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
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The starting date is 1 November 2017. The fixed-term employment contract will end on 31 October 2020. The current regular working hours amount to 39 hours and 50 minutes per week.

Areas of responsibility are:

  • Participation in research activities of the group of Jun.-Prof. Dr. C. Schuck.
  • Planning and execution of independent scientific projects in the area of nanophotonics and superconducting single-photon detectors.
  • Fabrication and characterization of samples in chemical and physical processes. Work in a clean room environment.
  • Construction and maintenance of laboratory setups.  Work with lasers, electrical instruments, high-vacuum equipment and cryogenic environments.

The teaching duties of a full-time position amount to 4 semester periods per week (SWS).

A master’s degree (or equivalent) in physics, electrical engineering, or closely related fields of study is required. Experience with experimental superconductivity and cryogenics is indispensable. Further, advanced knowledge in the fields of optics, electronics and laser physics, as well as literacy in common programming languages is mandatory. Modern nanofabrication facilities are available for developing nanophotonic circuit components, hence experience with state-of-the-art fabrication and characterization methods is highly desirable. Particularly relevant are resist and developer chemistry, optical and electron-beam lithography as well as dry-etching techniques, e.g. milling with a focused ion beam. Prior experience in methods for characterizing nanostructured surfaces, such as scanning electron microscopy, is preferred. Additional experience with electronic transport measurements in nanoscale circuit components will be beneficial.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increase the proportion of women in academia. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by female colleagues. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.

Please submit your application with the usual documents no later than 3 September 2017 to:

Physikalisches Institut
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Carsten Schuck
Heisenbergstraße 11
48149 Münster