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PhD opening

PhD Position in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Application deadline: Feb 5, 2024 (late applications will be considered until position is filled)

Earliest starting date: April 2024

The position is limited to 3 years; possibilities for extension exist (subject to available funding). 

Salary: Based on the salary group 13 TV-L FU (75%).


The PhD position is located in the Emmy-Noether group "Microscale and Nanoscale Physics of Topological Metals" led by Maxim Breitkreiz. The group is part of the Dahlem Center for Complex Quantum Systems, currently consisting of the groups of Piet Brouwer, Felix von Oppen, Jens Eisert, Johannes Reuther, Christiane Koch, and Maxim Breitkreiz.
The research focus of the DCCQS is quantum-theoretical condensed matter physics in its fullest range.

Furthermore, the Emmy-Noether group is involved in the transregional Collaborative Research Center CRC 183 "Entangled States of Matter." The CRC links established scientists of the DCCQS, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), and University of Cologne.
The embedding of the PhD position in the DCCQS and the CRC offers an excellent research environment with particularly diverse opportunities for a creative research practice with international collaborations, research residencies, soft-skill workshops (Dahlem Research School), participation and active organization of conferences and summer schools.

Your tasks

Within this PhD project you will conduct fundamental research within the field of theoretical condensed matter physics and in the overlap area with theoretical elementary particle physics. Of particular interest is the exploration of quantum anomalies arising in nanostructures of topological metals, such as Weyl-semimetals.  Methodologically the tasks can be tackled using analytical, semi-analytical, or numerical methods.

Your profile

  • University degree (M.Sc. level), preferably in theoretical physics
  • Fluency in English (full professional level)
  • Ability to penetrate into complex research fields
  • Willingness to collaborate with internal and external research groups in experimental and theoretical physics


  • Very good university degree in theoretical physics
  • First research experience within condensed matter theory / elementary particle theory
  • First experience with topological states of matter
  • Experience with Latex, Wolfram Mathematica, Python

Your Application

Applications documents should include: cover letter, cv, at least one recommendation letter, relevant university certificates with overviews over attended courses and grades. Please send the application as a single PDF document via email to Henrike Giebl: henrike.giebl@fu-berlin.de. 

With an electronic application, you acknowledge that FU Berlin saves and processes your data. FU Berlin cannot guarantee the security of your personal data if you send your application over an unencrypted connection.

For information regarding research contact Maxim Breitkreiz (breitkr@physik.fu-berlin.de). For general information regarding application procedure contact Henrike Giebl (henrike.giebl@fu-berlin.de)