Master’s student position

Quantized heat transport through atoms and molecules

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Heat dissipation is one of the main limiting factors for present and future technologies. Understanding and controlling energy transport at the nano and molecular scale from room to cryogenic temperature, is of fundamental importance for novel applications, from quantum computers and neuromorphic chips, to new thermoelectric converters. For instance whereas good thermal conductors are needed in computing to remove dissipated heat poor thermal conductors are suited for energy conversion. Experiments are required to validate existing theoretical physical models and to gain insight into the structure property relationship at the nanometer scale. For these reasons, we have built a new experimental setup, based on a custom UHV Scanning Tunnelling Microscope, located in the superior IBM Noise free Labs.

Master’s Project

This Master’s project (unpaid) focuses on measuring heat and charge transport at variable temperature in molecular and single atom junctions. The candidate will have the opportunity to deal with several aspects of the experimental work from sample preparation to instrument control and data analysis. The first part of the project focuses on easuring the quantized thermal electrical properties of single atoms at low temperature. The candidate will also be involved in the characterization of new molecular materials. The candidate will join the Physical Information group in the Science Technology Department at IBM Research Zurich and will be directly supervised by Dr. Bernd Gotsmann in collaboration with Dr. Andrea Gemma.


Applicants are expected to pursue a Master’s degree in Physics, Engineering or related fields.


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 exciting position, please submit your most recent curriculum vitae.

For any technical questions, please contact Dr. Andrea Gemma or Dr. Bernd Gotsmann