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 are seeking applications for a

PhD Student Position

(fare based on german 3/4 E13 TV-L FU) in experimental solid-state physics, starting from April 1st, 2020 and limited to four years. The position is assigned to the workgroup of Prof. W. Kuch, which is investigating ultrathin magnetic films, surfaces, adsorbed molecules, and nanostructures that may become relevant in a future spin-based electronics.

The stabilization of magnetism in two-dimensional (2D) materials such as transition metal dichalcogenides may open a new promising route for spintronic applications. In this PhD project new 2D magnetic materials will be grown and characterized by surface science techniques. Growth will take place under ultra-high vacuum conditions by molecular beam epitaxy and samples will be characterized structurally using low-energy electron diffraction, chemically using x-ray photoelectron and Auger electron spectroscopy, and magnetically using magneto-optical Kerr effect. Furthermore, selected samples will be characterized using synchrotron radiation (x-ray absorption spectroscopy and/or photoemission electron microscopy) at BESSY II in Berlin. The goal of the research project is to create novel 2D magnetic materials and understand their properties with the motivation to incorporate them in future 2D-based information processing platforms.

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, ultrahigh vacuum, two-dimensional materials.

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.

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

Applications quoting the reference code PhyKu_01_20 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 March 2, 2020 to:

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

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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).