The Institute of Physics (FZU) is a leading public research institution located in Prague, the Czech Republic, which is oriented on fundamental and applied research in physics. FZU is the largest institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences with more than 1300 employees. FZU is involved in high quality, innovative, and ground-breaking fundamental and applied research.

The FZU strives to push the boundaries of knowledge and to conduct research in the fields
of elementary particles, condensed matter physics, optics, plasma and laser physics.

The Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, its progressive team within the Department of Analysis of Functional Materials, we are looking for a Ph.D./ Postdoctoral researcher with passion for materials science to join our running projects on 2D systems.

The candidate will profit from a powerful experimental infrastructure in Prague covering m-ARPES / m-XPS facilities, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and ex situ optical methods, which allow to study electronic band structure and chemical properties of individually selected mm-scale 2D islands. We offer an exciting topic, expertise in the group, and an established international network for high-impact publications like recent ones on CVD-grown MoS2 [1,2], graphene [3], or Bi-chalcogenide topological insulators [4].

Within a time of two years and potentially beyond, the candidate will join a project, extending studies on systems like MoS2 to a wider range of 2D transition metal chalcogenides (TMCs) based on our established strategies of Ref. [1-3]. In parallel – since some promising new TMCs may be instable in air – we plan to implement in situ 2D exfoliation methods and optical photoluminescence/Raman access to our m-ARPES / m-XPS facilities, to create a unique experimental combination all under ultra-high vacuum conditions. We thus look for a candidate who also takes fun from hands-on work with us in the lab. A background in optical or ultra-high vacuum methods is beneficial but not mandatory.

[1] M. Velický et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 11, 6112–6118 (2020)
[2] T. Verhagen et al., ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 3, 6563–6573 (2020)
[3] M. Vondráček et al., Nature Scientific Reports 6, 23663 (2016)
[4] V. Tkáč et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 036406 (2019)

We offer:

  • Working in an international, creative and highly motivated environment in the Division of Optics, Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Cutting-edge research topics with high application potential
  • Working in a multidisciplinary research team
  • A stimulating and friendly supervising and mentoring environment
  • Unique research facilities
  • Training and development possibilities (seminars, workshops, conferences)
  • Soft skills trainings (project management, grants applications, etc.)
  • Language courses
  • A competitive salary
  • Flexible working hours
  • Home office mode
  • And more benefits such as Multisport card, cooperate kindergarten, etc.

Starting date negotiable.

More information about our achievements you can get on the page Why FZU?

Application procedure:
Please send a motivation letter, your CV, a list of publications and two references to the contact person – Petra Kratochvilova, HR Partner (petra.kratochvilova@fzu.cz).

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Contact person:

If you would like to know more about ongoing research projects, please contact directly:
Jan Honolka, Ph.D. email: honolka@fzu.cz.
Petra Kratochvílová, HR Partner, e-mail: petra.kratochvilova@fzu.cz, phone: +420 607 240 074.