PhD position in 2D sandwiches, artificial layered building blocks for multifunctional materials

FZU – Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences is a leading public research institution located in Prague, Czech Republic. FZU is the largest institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences with more than 1100 employees. FZU pursues high-quality, innovative, and ground-breaking fundamental and applied research. Our researchers try to understand and explain the basic phenomena and processes of this world and respond to the current scientific and technical challenges of society.

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Ph.D. students to join a new, ERC-STG funded research team led by Tim Verhagen, established to investigate 2D sandwiches.

PhD position in  2D sandwiches, artificial layered building blocks for multifunctional materials
What you will do:

This ERC-STG funded PhD position will focus on the growth of a new two-dimensional building block: the 2D sandwich. This is a layered heterostructure, consisting of a mix of layered van der Waals, layered ionic and layered metavalent materials. In the 2D sandwich, a interaction between the sandwich's individual layers is mediated via an ionic or multivalent bond, whereas the interaction with other 2D layers is still solely due to the van der Waals interactions.

You will grow 2D magnetoelectric multiferroic sandwiches composed of layered transition metal chalcogenides, oxides or iodides using the modulated elemental reactants method in a ultra-high vacuum molecular beam epitaxial system. Using a combination of X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and optical spectroscopy, the applicant will explore their structure and properties and tries to answer fundamental questions if and how materials with a van der Waals bond can be combined with layered ionic and layered metavalent materials.

To get an idea about our current work, you can have a look at our recent preprint at

Required qualifications:

  • Master degree in physics, chemistry, material sciences or a related field
  • Initiative, creativity and ability to solve problems independently and eager to explore the unknown
  • Advanced spoken and written English
  • Well-developed social skills in order to be able to work in a team environment and contribute to a pleasant atmosphere
  • interest in crystal growth, either bulk crystals, or epitaxial films grown using molecular-beam epitaxy, pulsed laser deposition, chemical vapour deposition or sputter deposition.
  • interest in refinement of crystal structures using X-ray, neutron or electron diffraction data.

If you think you will fit our team, but you don't fulfil above requirements, don't hesitate to contact us and let us know why you would fit in our team.

We offer:

  • Support in obtaining a PhD degree in Physics at Charles University or Czech technical university in Prague
  • Opportunity to achieve a major breakthrough in material sciences
  • Full time position (40 hours/week)
  • PhD fully funded for 4 years, 1-year initial contract with possible extension for the period of the PhD study
  • Collaboration with top labs in the field of design of new materials and 2D materials.
  • Support of your work-life balance
  • Multisport card, meal allowance, 25 days of vacation + 6 days of personal leave/year and other benefits
  • Training and development opportunities (soft skills, language courses)
  • Plenty of opportunities for cultural and other activities in the Prague region

More information is available at: Why FZU? | FZU

How to apply:

Please send your CV and motivation letter, preferably with a link to your master thesis, to Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript. by October 8, 2023.

Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2023 and continue until the position is filled

If you would like to know more about ongoing research projects, please contact directly Tim Verhagen: Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.

Starting date negotiable, but preferably January 2024

The selected candidate will apply for doctoral program at CTU, or at Charles University.

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