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Thesis Opportunities

PhD Theses and Post Doc Positions

Two PhD positions are currently available in the Surface Physics Group.

The first PhD candidate will work on the growth and characterization of complex oxide perovskite thin films. The films will be synthesized in a novel setup that combines state-of-the art pulsed laser deposition (PLD) with ultrahigh vacuum surface science characterization techniques (STM, XPS, ISS, LEED) in the same apparatus. The main objective is to understand the surface structure/chemistry relationship of perovskite oxides relevant for solid oxide fuel cells. The project will involve close collaboration with groups in chemical engineering, chemistry, and theory. The PhD candidate will be supervised by Prof. Ulrike Diebold.

The second PhD candidate will join a highly successful ongoing project in our lab based around iron oxide surfaces. In recent work, we discovered that a particular surface of magnetite (Fe3O4) stabilizes single metal adatoms to unprecedented temperatures, and we would like to use this remarkable model system to study how single atoms can catalyse chemical reactions. The successful candidate will perform scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements of active model single-atom catalyst (SAC) systems to understand how they work at the atomic scale. The project will involve close collaboration with surface chemists, who will measure the reactivity of the systems, and theoreticians, who will conduct calculations to uncover reaction mechanisms. The PhD candidate will be supervised by Prof. Gareth Parkinson.

The ideal candidate for either position has a master degree either in physics or chemistry, or a related field. Previous experience with ultrahigh vacuum methods is desirable. Good team working, English language skills, and presentation skills are a must for these positions, as well as the motivation to collaborate within an interdisciplinary research framework. For further information please visit our group website http://www.iap.tuwien.ac.at/www/surface/index

Applications with cover letter, detailed C.V. (with courses taken, grades, web link to the master thesis), diplomas, work certificates (if any) and references should be sent via email to Gareth Parkinson at parkinson@iap.tuwien.ac.at.

Deadline: January 31st 2016

Other open positions may be announced in the near future. If you are interested in our research and your Master or Diploma work is on a high level by international standards, feel free to contact us nevertheless.

Bachelorarbeiten, Projektarbeiten und Diplomarbeiten

Things are changing rapidly at the moment, and we don't want to have outdated information online. Thus, we give only a short overview of our current fields:

Am Tieftemperatur-STM

  • Oxide surfaces: watching processes on the atomic scale
  • Magnetic properties of ferromagnetic nanostructures
  • Watching diffusion of single atoms
  • Unusual properties of materials: transparent conductors, ferroelastic phase transitions…

If you consider these topics interesting, please contact us!

Contact information

  • Ulrike Diebold ([email address: lastname @ this server · enable javascript to see it])
    Tel. (01) 58801-13425
    Location: Freihaus, Turm B, 5. OG; after leaving the yellow elevator turn left twice and ring the bell.
  • Michael Schmid ([email address: lastname @ this server · enable javascript to see it])
    Tel. (01) 58801-13452
    Location: Freihaus, Turm C, 4. OG; after leaving the red elevator turn right twice and ring the bell.
  • Gareth Parkinson ([email address: lastname @ this server · enable javascript to see it])
    Tel. (01) 58801-13473
    Location: Freihaus, Turm C, 5. OG; after leaving the red elevator turn left.
surface/thesis_openings.txt · Last modified: 2016-01-07 15:15 by Gareth Parkinson