Master’s student

Topological Weyl semi-metal materials and devices

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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. While these materials provide exciting opportunities in fundamental material science and physics, ideas for their real-life applications are still emerging.

This Master’s thesis project will fabricate, measure and analyze electrical devices using Weyl Semi-metals towards high performance and unique functionalities. The work will build upon ongoing activities, and will entail the use of the BRNC cleanroom, cryogenic measurement equipment and MATLAB/Python to analyze data and implement models.

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

Requirements

  • An excellent academic record
  • Applicants are expected to pursue a master’s degree in physics, nanotechnology, electrical engineering or related fields
  • Experience with cleanrooms and/or low-temperature measurements is meriting
  • Experience with MATLAB or Python is a must
  • Excellent English communication skills

Diversity

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

Interested candidates please submit an application including CV, cover letter and academic transcript.


For more information on technical questions please contact
Dr. Cezar Zota

Graphs

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