Master’s student position

Quantized and quantum transport at the molecular scale

Ref. 2019-03

Project description

Understanding and controlling energy transport at the molecular scale is of fundamental importance for realizing novel electronic devices. Experiments are required to validate existing theoretical physical models at such tiny scale, where quantization is evident. To address this, we study charge, heat and thermoelectric transport across single atoms and single molecules. We have developed a new experimental setup capable of measuring transport at variable cryogenic temperatures, approaching the theoretical limits of sensitivity in the IBM noise-free labs.

The Master’s thesis project is focused on the measurement of charge and heat transport in molecular and atomic junctions. The candidate will have the opportunity to deal with several aspects of the experimental work, from the sample preparation in the cleanroom, to instrument control and data analysis.

The first part of the project includes measuring molecular thermal/electrical conductance, Seebeck and Peltier effects. The candidate will also be involved in developing a new variable-temperature STM setup.

The candidate will join the Material Integration and Nanoscale Devices group at IBM Research – Zurich, and will be directly supervised by Dr. Bernd Gotsmann in collaboration with PhD student Andrea Gemma.


IBM is committed to diversity at the workplace. With us you will find an open, multicultural environment. Excellent flexible working arrangements enable both women and men to strike the desired balance between their professional development and their personal lives.

How to apply

Interested candidates should please email their application, including CV, cover letter and academic transcript, to . We prefer applications without photo.

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