Postdoc and Ph.D. Student Positions

for Fundamental Studies of High-TC Superconductivity

In the framework of the ERC Advanced Grant “ASTONISH” (Atomic-scale STudies Of the Nature of and conditions for Inducing Superconductivity at High-temperatures), the University of Hamburg is seeking outstanding and enthusiastic young researchers with a strong record of creativity and achievements in the area of superconductivity in MBE grown sample systems.
The project aims at a novel surface-science based approach to unconventional superconductivity, combining atomically controlled vertical growth and lateral atomic-scale manipulation tools with a unique set of atomic-resolution characterization techniques, including elastic and inelastic scanning probe spectroscopy with spin resolution at relevant energy scales. Besides the determination of structural properties on the atomic level, including defect and dopant distributions, information about electronic- and spin-dependent properties, electron-electron correlations, electron-phonon coupling, and spin fluctuations will be gained in real space down to the atomic level, making use of well-defined model systems which will allow deep insight into the nature of and conditions for inducing superconductivity at high temperatures.

Three classes of materials shall be studied:

  • Novel metal-heterostructure based superconductors

  • Oxide-based films and heterostructures exhibiting superconducting states

  • Novel carbon-based superconductors

In all three research areas, there are several Postdoc and Ph.D. student positions available.

If you are interested in working on challenging projects with a world-wide unique set of MBE growth and atomic-scale characterization facilities, including elastic and inelastic spin-resolved scanning tunneling spectroscopy and magnetic exchange force spectroscopy, then you should not hesitate to send your application in the near future. Appointments are for three years for Ph.D. student positions and for one up to five years for Postdoc positions. Starting dates are negotiable, but some appointments can begin as soon as possible. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately. To apply, send a resume including a statement of research experience and interests, and a list of publications and presentations to:

Prof. Dr. Roland Wiesendanger
Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center Hamburg
Department of Physics
University of Hamburg
Jungiusstrasse 11, D-20355 Hamburg, Germany, EU
Email:; web:

The University of Hamburg is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. It aims at increasing the representation of women among the staff and therefore explicitly encourages applications from female scientists.Disabled persons are given priority over applicants of equal suitability, qualification, and degree of specialized knowledge.