24-2022-IMT PhD Position: Nanotechnologically produced superconducting electromagnets

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Karlsruhe, Germany

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Part-Time Suitability:

The position is suitable for part-time employment.

Starting date:


Job description:

For this PhD thesis, you will use a wide range of micro- and nanostructuring processes combined with various thin-film technologies to produce superconducting microstructures suitable for generating high magnetic fields. Initially, the phase transitions in the superconducting structures are to be modified “by design” .

With appropriate simulation tools, such as COMSOL Multiphysics, you will determine material and microstructure properties. In a further step, you are going to manufacture these structures based on micro and nanoscale process steps. In a following step, you characterize these structures in terms of current-carrying capacity, and of the magnetic field strengths that can be achieved with them. Important is also their homogeneity as a function of the ambient temperature. You compare these measurements with the simulation results. After these initial steps you then carry out an iterative optimisation of the structural properties and the required manufacturing process.

In a 2nd project phase, you take the challenge of building a completely microstructured superconducting electromagnet. You will pay particular attention to mechanical stability. You are going to optimize this intrinsically through appropriate micro- and nanostructuring methods.

In collaboration with the Institute for Technical Physics at KIT (ITEP), you use production methods such as pulsed laser deposition (PLD), and chemical solution deposition (CSD), to synthesize the superconducting layers. Depending on the process control, available lithographic and, if necessary, 3D printing processes, will be used by you at the Institute for Microstructure Technology at KIT (IMT) to obtain the desired microstructures. 

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation.

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