Open Positions

Topics for Master and Bachelor theses:

More information: Wolfgang Kuch, Tel. 838-52098, room no. 1.2.40, or e-mail

Positions for PhD students:

We invite applications for a PhD-student position (fare based on german 2/3 E13 TV-L FU) in experimental solid-state physics, limited to three years starting from October 1st, 2017. (Download announcement as pdf file)

The PhD work will involve X-ray absorption spectroscopy and photoelectron spec­troscopy investigations of paramagnetic metal complexes or self-organized metal­organic assemblies on magnetic or non-magnetic surfaces. Against the background of a future use of molecules as functional parts of a molecular spinelectronics, the goal is to gain control on the spin of the metal centers of these structures by external parameters. Experiments are carried out both by laboratory-based techniques as well as by using synchrotron radiation.

We provide excellent conditions for motivated experimentalists. Extensive equipment for X-ray absorption spectroscopy and state-of-the-art surface science analysis tools can be used. Measurements are carried out both at the physics department of the Freie Universität and at the Berlin synchrotron radiation source BESSY II, where the new VEKMAG end station will be used for measurements at high magnetic fields and low temperatures.

A master's degree is required with a master thesis in experimental physics or equivalent. We are seeking a motivated candidate with team spirit and ability for independent work. Experience in one or more of the following is of advantage: Surface science, ultra-high vacuum, synchrotron radiation spectroscopy, adsorption of magnetic molecules on solid surfaces.

More information can be obtained from
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kuch
Tel.: +49-30-838-52098
or at

Applications quoting the reference code PhyKu_02_17 must include a complete CV, an abstract (max. one page) of the master thesis, as well as names and addresses (postal and e-mail) of two or three persons willing to provide confidential letters of reference. Only complete applications will be considered. Send your applications by e-mail or postal mail to be received not later than August 28, 2017 to:

Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Experimentalphysik
AG Kuch
Attn.: Mrs. Marion Badow
Arnimallee 14
14195 Berlin (Germany)

The Freie Universität is an equal opportunity employer. Women are strongly encour­aged to apply. Applicants with a disability are given preference in case of equal qualification.

Postdoc positions:

Currently there are no open positions available. However, funding for postdocs from abroad may be obtained from one of several funding agencies, for instance, from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, or from specific funding programs for your country of residence/citizenship (see, for example, the website of KoWi, the European liaison office of the German research organisations, or search the country-specific DAAD scholarship database).