PhD student

Atom/molecule manipulation

Ref. 2019_039

An early stage researcher position is currently available within the European Union training network ULTIMATE. The appointee will be expected to register for a PhD, must hold a primary degree of an appropriate standard in a relevant subject (e.g. Physics), and must meet the Marie Curie mobility regulations. The candidate will be supervised by Dr. Leo Gross in the atom/molecule manipulation group.

Project description

The main objective of the thesis is to explore novel reactions and methods for the on-surface synthesis of molecules by atom manipulation.. That is, deliberately forming and breaking bonds between individual molecules using the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope/atomic force microscope (STM/AFM) operated at T = 5 K. A goal is to realize and explore bond formation between molecules. Novel molecules and molecular networks will be created and studied by ultra-high resolution STM and AFM. Attachment and transfer of single electron charge carriers in the systems created will be studied. The skills to carry out accompanying density functional theory calculations (DFT) and AFM simulations can be acquired in the group.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the recruitment date.

Skills and qualifications

Beneficial but not mandatory for this job is expertise in ultra-high vacuum systems and scanning probe microscopy. We are looking for candidates with excellent general knowledge in physics and surface science.

English: highly proficient in both spoken and written English.


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