Molecular & electronic structure & conductivity specifically at interfaces studied using non-linear optical tools

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research is hiring a first stage researcher within the framework of the UHMob MSCA ITN action (GA n°811284).

Please find a detailed offer and requirements below.


This project aims to elucidate, the interfacial electronic properties and the mobility of charges in the molecularly thin region near the metal or dielectric-semiconductor interface. To selectively study interfacial processes, we will use surface-specific nonlinear optical methods like second harmonic and sum-frequency generation. Experiments will be performed on model systems on different supports, and in devices, where correlations between interfacial molecular organization – affected by, e.g. deposition and annealing methods – and device performance will be investigated.

 The ideal candidate will have MSc in Physics or physical chemistry or equivalent with proven excellent grades. She/He should have a strong commitment to critical and independent thinking and be driven towards achieving specific goals. Experience in optics and ultrafast spectroscopy will be evaluated positively. Prior knowledge on semiconductors will be a plus.

Research field(s): Physics > Semiconductor, nonlinear optical spectroscopy; Chemistry > Physical chemistry> spectroscopy


Scheduled research stays abroad (secondments):

  • 4 months at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany)
  • 2 months at Graz University of Technology (Austria)
  • Required education level: Master’s degree or equivalent in Physicist or physical chemist with experience in spectroscopy or with semiconductors
  • Required languages: English (Level: Excellent)
  • Required research experience (<4 years): Physics > Semiconductor, nonlinear optical spectroscopy; Chemistry > Physical chemistry> spectroscopy
  • To have obtained or to be about to obtain a Master’s degree (or a title at equivalent level) in chemistry. At the day of hiring, applicants must have been awarded a Master or equivalent degree.
  • To be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers.
  • Not to have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Not to have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (Mobility Rule).
  • Applications must be written in English.
  • Application must be complete.

Please send your application to uhmob-recruitment [at] eurtd [dot] com including the following items:

  • A letter of motivation referring to UHMob-ESR11, explaining why you apply to this position and how a PhD would suit your career objectives?
  • A detailed CV including publications (if any).
  • Two reference contacts.

Reference to be indicated in the email Subject: UHMob-ESR11



Main location

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
Department of Molecular Spectroscopy
Ackermannweg 10
55128 Mainz, German

Location Secondment n°1

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Physik
Newtonstrasse 15
12489 Berlin, Germany

Location  Secondment n°2

Graz University of Technology
Institute of Solid State Physics
Petersgasse 16
8010 Graz, Austria

General information

Type of contract Temporary (36 months)
Job status Full time
Hours per week 39
Application deadline The deadline for application is August 15, 2019. Applications will be evaluated in a continuous way and positions will be filled in as soon as possible
Envisaged job starting date 01/11/2019