PhD position at the Laboratory of Crystallography

Structure, dynamics and electronic properties of aperiodic crystals.

Aperiodic crystals are fascinating materials that possess long-range order but lack lattice periodicity. They are found in a variety of systems, including intermetallics, oxides, high-Tc superconductors, minerals and proteins. The PhD thesis is part of a French-German collaborative consortium, involving six laboratories studying aperiodic crystals. The focus of the thesis is on the interrelation between structure, dynamics and electronic properties of selected modulated and composite aperiodic crystals. The PhD student will be based in Bayreuth. He or she will be involved in elastic and inelastic scattering studies with X-rays and neutrons at large-scale facilities in Europe, mainly in Hamburg, Munich and Grenoble. The PhD student will benefit from the broad expertise within the consortium  and also from interactions with the other PhD students in Grenoble and Caen (France) and Erlangen and Halle (Germany).

The successful candidate has a Master degree in Physics, Chemistry, Crystallography or a related field. The project is funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG); payment is according to TV-L E13/half.

Applications should be sent by E-mail to Prof. Sander van Smaalen, Laboratory of Crystallography, University of Bayreuth, 95440 Bayreuth, Germany. E-mail: Please include scanned copies of relevant documents. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

HiWi position at the Laboratory of Crystallography

A  "SHK" or "NWHK" position is available at the Laboratory of Crystallography (20-40 hrs/ month) pertaining work on various scientific projects.

Bachelorarbeit und Masterarbeit in Physik am Lehrstuhl für Kristallographie

Die Themen für eine Bachelorarbeit oder eine Masterarbeit orientieren sich an der aktuellen Forschung am Lehrstuhl für Kristallographie.

Der erste Themenbereich umfasst Festkörper mit hochkorellierten Elektronensystemen. Das Interesse gilt Phasenumwandlungen und physikalischen Eigenschaften exotischer Zustände, wie Ladungsdichtewelle, magnetische spin-Peierls Ordnung und aperiodische Kristallstrukturen.

Der zweite Themenbereich umfasst Untersuchungen der chemischen Reaktivität und Stabilität komplexer kristalliner Festkörper mittels Elektronendichteuntersuchungen. Neben experimentellen Arbeiten werden neue Methoden auf Basis der Maximum-Entropie-Methode (MEM) entwickelt und in Computerprogrammen umgesetzt.

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