Master’s student

Manipulating heat transport in quantum materials: Using novel physics to find materials for thermal management

Ref. 2020_022

Understanding and controlling energy transport at the microscale is of fundamental importance for realizing novel electronic devices or developing approaches for energy conversion. Recently, Weyl semimetals have been discovered in which the crystal symmetry governs the electronic system through so-called topological protection. These materials exhibit novel transport characteristics with surprising features sometimes. One of the most interesting ones is the possibility to control thermal conductance through the application of a magnetic field. There are yet untested theoretical predictions for these effects that stem from applying methodology originally developed for the description of gravitational fields around black holes to the transport in Weyl semimetals.

To explore this, we are looking for a master’s student with a major in physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, or related field. The candidate will join a motivated team of researchers with different backgrounds working in the topical area and will be able to access world-class research infrastructure. She/he 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 project will be supervised in collaboration between teams at IBM Research – Zurich (Dr. Bernd Gotsmann and Heinz Schmid), and the EPFL (Prof. Philip Moll). There is the possibility to perform measurements at both locations.


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

How to apply

If you are interested in this challenging position and you fulfill the requirements, please submit your complete curriculum vitae and the names of three references.

Thermal management