Novel semiconducting 2D materials have promising applications in low power transistors, polarized light detectors, and biosensors. At the same time, they offer a unique playground to investigate and design spin-electronic properties. These layered compounds can be thinned down to a thickness of only few atomic layers, which dramatically alters their properties and allows exploring novel quantum phenomena. The most popular 2D semiconducting material is MoS2, a naturally occurring mineral. Members of MoS2 material family exhibit pronounced spin textures when tinned down to a single atomic trilayer. Other important 2D materials include ReS2 family, exhibiting strong anisotropies, and MoTe2 family where topologically non-trivial Weyl fermions and related Fermi arcs have been predicted.

The project focuses on exploring novel spin electronic phenomena in 2D materials and their heterostructrues. Bulk crystals and exfoliated flakes will be measured at modern spin- and angle-resolved photoemission facilities in Jülich and at various synchrotron laboratories. Studies could extended into studying dynamic phenomena in electronic structure by pump-probe laser based techiques.

Your profile:

The new member of our team should have completed masters-level degree in physics or material science and should have a solid background in condensed matter physics. Practical experimental and programming skills and hands-on experience with vacuum techniques are advisable. Experimental results are described within the frame of quantum mechanical band structure theory. Required is a systematic research approach and very good communication and presentation skills. Important is the high motivation and fascination about physics and desire to explore new physical phenomena.

What we offer:

We offer an interesting and challenging work in the state of art research facility that includes modern electron spectroscopy and laser laboratories, as well as fabrication- and cleanroom facilities. The new member of the research group will be part of the team of fellow PhD and Master students, and will pursue his/her PhD thesis by working on projects associated with electronic structure of 2D materials, under supervision of qualified scientific staff while using his/her knowledge and creativity to explore novel phenomena. Research Centre provides possibility to access a number of cutting-edge characterization facilities, including lithography, AFM, SQUID, XRD, SEM, STM, Faraday Microscopy, PEEM or TEM. Funding is available for presentation of results at the national and international conferences.

We invite interested candidates to send applications including a CV, copies of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of your Master thesis (or a draft thereof), published articles or other relevant material such as letter(s) of recommendation to Dr. Lukasz Plucinski (email: and Prof. Claus Schneider (

For further information please contact Dr. Lukasz Plucinski directly or visit our website at