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The Graduate School "Materials for Solar Energy Conversion (MatSEC)" is looking for:

PhD Student (f/m)

Reference No.: EM 2018/13

MatSEC is a member of Dahlem Research School (DRS), which provides a structured graduate education at Freie University Berlin.
MatSEC combines experiment and theory in the areas of material science, crystallography, solid state physics, solid state chemistry, and scientific computing to develop structure-property relations which allow for the design of custom-made materials for solar energy conversion.

Topic of the doctoral thesis:
Phase Relations in Zn-Group IV-nitrides wide gap semiconductors

Wide band gap zinc-group IV-nitrides are an intriguing novel field at the forefront of science in solar energy research, which could combine the advantages of group III-group V semiconductors with the need for earth abundant and less-toxic materials.


The research will focus on the successful synthesis of bulk-materials and their thorough characterisation through various techniques, such as powder diffraction, thermal analysis, electron microscopy and spectroscopic methods.
The ultimate target is to establish a comprehensive knowledge on chemical substitutions in the multinary phase system and their structural and electronic consequences to allow the targeted synthesis of optimised materials with tailored properties.


What we offer

HZB grants PhD scholarship for the development of qualified junior scientists. The Phd scholarship is limited to 3 years. The amount of the PhD scholarship complies with the valid PhD scholarship allowances of DFG.

We particularly welcome applications from women. Preference will be given to handicapped applicants provided equal suitability.

How to apply

Have we sparked your interest? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 29.05.2018.

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1
14109 Berlin