Research focus of the position: Ph.D. student position in Spin and Angle – resolved photoemission spectroscopy (SARPES) for the study of two dimensional materials

A Ph.D. student position is available immediately at the New Technologies Research Center(NTC), University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic on “Spin and Angle -resolved photoemission spectroscopy for the study of two dimensional materials”. The research will be conducted in the group of Dr. Jan Minár by utilizing the newly acquired state of the art SARPES spectrometer. The research activities will be focused on the synthesis, surface structure characterization and SARPES measurements of 2D materials with an objective to explore the physics behind unique electronic and optical responses of 2D materials by obtaining a direct picture of their momentum-resolved electronic structure. The synthesis of 2D materials will be carried out with molecular beam epitaxy technique in Ultra high vacuum environment. The choice of two dimensional materials (eg: topological insulators (TI), transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs etc.) can depend on the background and research interests of the successful applicant. Furthermore, the group also conducts research in the area of computational material science based on the Density Functional theory (DFT). Therefore, the successful applicant will get an excellent opportunity to validate the new developments in one-step model of Photoemission through the experimental findings.

Further information about the project can be found at link https://cedam.ntc.zcu.cz/en/index.html.

Research Group
The Research of Advanced Materials (RAM) group at New Technologies Research Center, develops methods and theory for the state of the art computational approaches devoted to the study of spectroscopic phenomena. In particular, the group is at the fore-front of the development of electronic structure method based on the Green’s function formalism. This method is applicable to crystals, surfaces and clusters. It is capable of handling not only periodic systems, but also chemically disordered alloys. NTC is a center of expertise for theory and experiments in the area of chemical disorder engineering for the manipulation of the material functionalities.

Description of the work position
Selected researchers will strengthen an existing top-quality research team of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. Their main tasks will be to engage in the activities of the team of experts under the guidance of a mentor and to fulfill tasks specified by the R&D activity plan. Their own scientific work will include publication of R&D results in prestigious foreign impact journals, participation in major conferences, obtaining applied results, involvement in national and international research projects, and organization of the professional life at the workplace (seminars, conferences).

The mentor of the position is Associate Professor Dr. Jan Minár, e-mail: jminar@ntc.zcu.cz

Qualification Requirements

  • A properly completed Masters Study Programme (on topics related with Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science or related field) at university or higher education institution in the Czech Republic or a properly completed similar Study Programme abroad recognized in accordance with Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions and on the Amendment and Supplementation of Other Acts (Higher Education Act), as amended.
  • A strong background in condensed matter physics / materials theory is highly desirable.
  • Experimental skills on any spectroscopic techniques will be advantageous.

The position can be held only by a candidate working full time.
Salary proposed: 30 000 CZK (~ 1150 EUR or 1250 USD) gross monthly wage.
Workload 1.0 – 40 hours/week.
Expected commencement of work: December 2020/January 2021.
Reception of applications: until 31 August 2020.

Requested form of a candidate´s application

  • structured curriculum vitae
  • motivation letter
  • list of subject and grades from Bachelor’s and Master’s Studies
  • copies of the documents proving achieved education (Master diploma or its equivalent),
  • copies of documents proving the achieved level of the English language (if applicable)
  • name and abstract of Master’s thesis
  • contact information of at least one professional reference

Candidates should send all the above mentioned details as a single pdf file to: Associate Professor Dr. Jan Minár, e-mail: jminar@ntc.zcu.cz, phone: +420 735 713 958

The application form, together with all the required documents, is to be submitted electronically. If you have any technical questions, please contact the mentor of this position.

This activity is support by the project CEDAMNF, reg. no. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000358.