|| There are several openings for PhD positions at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP) in Mainz, Germany. The PhD student will be working in a new group led by Dr. Ronald Ulbricht that will be established in the department of Molecular Spectroscopy.
The group will develop and employ various nonlinear optical spectroscopy and microscopy methods to investigate the dynamics of electronic and vibrational properties of new opto-electronic materials. Among these methods, a novel technique will be set up that will allow measuring broadband spectroscopic dynamics in the visible and infrared, on timescales from femtoseconds to seconds. The student will thus gain experience in state-of-the-art laser optics and spectroscopy, materials science, solid-state physics, and programming for both data acquisition and analysis. Initially, large emphasis will be put on investigating color centers in diamond and silicon carbide, such as nitrogen-vacancy centers. There will be close collaborations with the Synthesis of Macromolecules Department at the MPIP for the fabrication and characterization of nanodiamonds and with the Helmholtz-Institute in Mainz on novel magnetometry methods.
The ideal PhD candidate has an experimental background in (chemical) physics, electrical engineering and/or material science, and holds a Master’s degree in one of these or related fields. Previous experience in optical spectroscopy and in developing complex data-acquisition software and hardware will be an advantage. The PhD studentships are fully funded according to the collective wage agreement for the public service. Mainz is located next to Frankfurt, which has one of the largest airports in Europe, thus providing convenient international access.