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PhD Position in Scanning Probe Investigation of Carbon-based Quantum Spin Systems in Dübendorf

EMPA (European Master of Public Administration Consortium) is a network of European schools, that offer master programs in public administration.


We are looking for highly motivated and talented candidates with a strong experimental background in Solid State Physics, Surface Science or Physical Chemistry to take up a challenging PhD position in the area of low-dimensional carbon nanomaterials. This PhD project focuses on the on-surface synthesis of magnetic nanographenes with chemically controlled exchange coupling strengths and their characterization under ultrahigh vacuum conditions using state-of-the-art scanning probe methods such as scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy and non-contact atomic force microscopy.
The successful candidate will interact closely with an interdisciplinary consortium of four research groups (Empa, ETH Zurich, University of Zurich and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Center (Portugal)) bringing together expertise in synthetic chemistry, surface physics and chemistry, advanced scanning probe methods and theory. Required qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Physics or Physical Chemistry. A solid background in Surface Science and previous experience using scanning probe methods or other ultrahigh vacuum surface analysis equipment would be significant benefits. Very good communication skills in English are essential. The position is available upon agreement with a planned duration of 4 years.

We offer a challenging position in a materials research institution in the Zurich area with outstanding infrastructure and broad interdisciplinary surroundings.
For further information about the position please contact Dr Pascal Ruffieux  and visit our websites and

We look forward to receiving your online application including a brief statement of interest, CV including an academic transcript with the obtained marks and two references with contact details. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

Empa, Cristina Marinoni, Human Resources, Ueberlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.

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