PhD Student in the Department of Solid State Sciences

Ghent University



Job Description

The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) is the National Metrology Institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with scientific and technical service tasks. It furthers progress and reliability in metrology for society, the economy and science. In Department 8.2 "Biosignals" of Division 8, we are looking for a candidate for a doctor’s degree specialised in physics, medical engineering, physical engineering or a comparable subject to join us as soon as possible. This position is available on the basis of a 3-year fixed-term contract. The remuneration will be paid in accordance with remuneration group 13 TVöD Bund (85 %). You will be employed at our Berlin site. The Working Group 8.23 "Metrology for Magnetic Nanoparticles", develops and validates measurement procedures for characterizing magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications. Within a project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) the potential of magnetic noise magnetometry for the characterization of magnetic nanoparticles shall be explored. The project will be carried out jointly with Ghent University (Belgium), where the possibility to obtain a PhD will be given. The PhD project aims to systematically investigate the magnetic noise of different magnetic nanoparticles with highly sensitive, superconducting magnetic field sensors (SQUIDs). Analysis procedures need to be developed allowing the quantitative assessment of the thermal noise magnetometry in relation to other existing methods for nanoparticle characterization. Additionally, the capability of alternative detection techniques for thermal noise magnetometry shall be assessed.

Profile of the Candidate

  • You have successfully completed university studies (German "Diplom" or master) in experimental physics, medical engineering, physical engineering or a comparable subject and obtained a very good degree
  • You have proven knowledge in the field of "Magnetism of the Solid", "Magnetic Nanoparticles", and/or "Magnetic measurement techniques"
  • You are able and willing to get acquainted with and to further develop complex magnetic measurement techniques
  • You are able to conduct independent in-depth scientific work with an analytical approach
  • You are interested in experimental and theoretical work
  • You have good communication skills and enjoy working in a team
  • You have a very good command of English and are able to present results convincingly both orally and in writing
  • You are ready to travel for business purposes especially to the project partner in Belgium Physical ability is required as follows for laboratory work: physical mobility as necessary to construct and make changes to experimental setups independently manual dexterity for precision work

How to Apply

Please use the online application form (

Please apply before 1 October 2019. It is possible that the vacancy is closed earlier if a suitable candidate has been selected.

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