Doctoral candidates (PhD students) in Experimental Condensed-Matter & Materials Physics

Doctoral candidates (PhD students) in Experimental Condensed-Matter & Materials Physics

Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)

Hamburg, Germany

Doctoral candidates (PhD students) in Experimental Condensed-Matter & Materials Physics

Our research group at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) engages in fundamental experimental research in condensed-matter physics and on novel functional materials. It profits from the vivid and inspiring Natural and Materials Science environment of the Hamburg metropolitan area, encompassing Hamburg University (UHH), the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht for Coastal and Materials Research (HZG), the European X-Ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) and the Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY). We are member of the Centre of Advanced Materials (ZHM Hamburg) and of the Collaborative Research Initiative SFB 986 “Tailor-Made Multi-Scale Materials Systems M3”.

The two open PhD student projects, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), are directed towards experimental exploration of thermoelectric hybrid materials based on porous silicon and tailoring the physico-chemical properties of multicomponent fluids in functionalized porous materials. These projects have strong connections to the existing activities at the institute to understand condensed matter in extreme geometrical confinement, most prominently in nanoporous solids, and to employ this knowledge for the design of advanced materials.

In the first project on thermoelectrics the goal is a fundamental understanding of how macroscopic quantities like electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficient relate to electronic band structure and phonon dispersion on a microscopic level. It will be comprehensively investigated, how the properties of host and guest relate to the properties of the hybrid systems and how synergy effects might arise. Ideally, these studies pave the route towards novel design strategies for more efficient thermoelectric materials. The project is in collaboration with the working group “Methods for Characterization of Transport Phenomena in Energy Materials” at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB). The reference number of this project is D-18-178.

The second project addresses multicomponent fluids in functionalized porous materials with periodically alternating surface chemistry. Starting from examinations of the mesoscale structure and dynamics of the bulk binary systems the physico-chemical properties of mixtures confined in tailored mesoporous media shall be explored. In particular effects such as microphase separation, enhanced gas solubility and confinement-induced changes in the fluid rheology as well as the interplay of these phenomenologies will be in the research focus. These studies will be possible only by the combination of an extensive number of complementary methods and skills in physics, encompassing temporal and spatial windows that range from the molecular to the macroscopic scales. The project is embedded in a French (Université de Rennes 1)-German (University and Technical University Hamburg) collaboration. The reference number of this project is D-18-177.

The successful candidates should have:

  1. Master of Science in Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science
  2. Good communication skills in written and spoken English
  3. Able to work independently and take responsibility for progress and quality of the project
  4. Sound fundamental knowledge in experimental condensed-matter physics and physical chemistry is expected. Experiences with x-ray and neutron diffraction techniques are meritorious.

We offer a scientifically inspiring environment with great opportunities for collaborative projects at the interface between different disciplines (physics, chemistry, and materials science) and a competitive salary (75% and 100% TVL-13 positions). To get a more vivid impression of our research and group life see our website: For questions, please contact: Patrick Huber,, +4940428783135

Application procedure
The application should be written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:
CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name)

  • CV
  • Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
  • Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name)

  • 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
  • Previous research fields and main research results.
  • Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:

  • Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
  • Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

TUHH promotes equality between women and men. Women are under-represented in the area for which this position is advertised within the meaning of § 3 Sec. 1 of the Hamburg Equal Opportunities Act (HmbGleiG). We therefore expressly encourage women to apply. They are given priority in the event of equal suitability, competence and professional performance. Severely disabled and equal disabled persons have priority over applicants of equal aptitude, competence and professional performance who are not privileged by law.

Please send your application, preferentially by e-mail, with the documents and papers mentioned above to

Institute of Materials Physics and Technology
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Prof. Dr. Patrick Huber

Application deadline: 30th of November 2018

Due to the large number of applications, Hamburg University of Technology can only return application documents that are accompanied by a sufficiently stamped and addressed self-addressed envelope. Please do not submit originals.


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Doctoral candidates (PhD students) in Experimental Condensed-Matter & Materials Physics