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PhD position in ultrafast dynamics of Mott insulators

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PhD position in ultrafast dynamics of Mott insulators

The Ultrafast Dynamics Group (Prof. Steven Johnson) in the Department of Physics of ETH Zürich has an open PhD position.

Project background

The aim of this project is to investigate ultrafast dynamics in Mott insulators, in particular GaTa4Se8. A volatile drop in electrical resistivity can be triggered in these materials either following the application of an electric field for a few tens of microseconds or, crucially, after exposure to an ultrashort THz pulse. This PhD position is full-time.

Job description

Our goal is to characterize the resulting low resistivity phase as well as the nature of the ultrafast transition leading to it, using a combination of ultrafast spectroscopy techniques in the THz, mid-infrared and x-ray frequency ranges.

This project will be based in Prof. Steven Johnson’s Ultrafast Dynamics Group at ETH Zürich and conducted under Dr Elsa Abreu’s leadership. X-ray measurements will take place at large-scale facilities both in Switzerland and abroad.

Your profile

You hold a Master’s degree preferably in physics, alternatively in material sciences. A strong background in condensed matter physics is required, and previous experience with ultrafast optical or x-ray experiments is a definite plus. The candidate must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English and must be enthusiastic, creative and self-motivated. 

We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including:

  • a letter of motivation,
  • a brief statement of research interests,
  • copies of Bachelor's and Master’s degree transcripts,
  • a CV,
  • the names and contact information of at least two academic referees.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information regarding the position and the group please contact Elsa Abreu at elsabreu@phys.ethz.ch (no applications) and/or visit our website, www.udg.ethz.ch.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Job details

Title
PhD position in ultrafast dynamics of Mott insulators
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Location
Rämistrasse 101 Zurich, Switzerland
Published
2022-11-21
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PhD
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