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Master’s student position

Simulation of Weyl semi-metal devices

Ref. 2019-33

Project description

Recently, there has been much research activity in the field of topological materials, with a related Nobel prize awarded in 2016. Weyl semi-metals, such as WP2 and TaAs, are a class of topological materials exhibiting a host of exotic physical properties due to their unique energy structures. Although these materials provide exciting opportunities in fundamental materials science and physics, ideas for their real-life applications are still emerging.

This Master’s thesis project will simulate and model electrical devices utilizing the characteristics of Weyl semi-metals to achieve high performance and unique functionalities. The work will build upon ongoing activities, and will entail the use of MATLAB to implement device models that will be enhanced to include further physical effects (in particular magnetic fields, superconductivity and thermal effects). Studies in COMSOL will also be performed. Opportunities to perform complementary experimental studies will be available.

The candidate will join the Materials Integration and Nanoscale Devices group at IBM Research – Zurich. The project is available immediately for a minimum duration of six months. Please note that this is a non-remunerated M.Sc. thesis project, not a funded position.


  • Applicants are expected to pursue a Master’s degree in physics, mathematics or related fields
  • Experience with MATLAB is a must
  • Experience with COMSOL is beneficial
  • Excellent English communication skills


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 please send an application including CV, cover letter and academic transcript to:

simulation and modeling of electrical devices

Image: Band structure of Weyl semimetals of (a) type I and (b) type II. Courtesy of A. Alexey et al., Nature 527(7579), 2015.