The Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth (IKZ) is a leading research institution in the area of crystal
growth of technologically important materials for micro-, opto- and powerelectronics, sensors,
optics and laser technology. This ranges from explorative fundamental research to pre-industrial
development. It is part of Forschungsverbund Berlin and a member of the Leibniz Association.
You may find more details at www.ikz-berlin.de
Commencing as soon as possible there is an opening for a
for the topic:
MOCVD of perovskite oxide films
The group "Ferroelectric oxide layers" of the IKZ deals with epitaxially grown complex oxide films.
as a prototype of perovskite oxide is of particular interest. Despite many experimental and
theoretical efforts, the fundamental understanding of growth process and related defects, oxygen
vacancies and interface phenomena is still limited yet. Therefore, within the Leibniz
ScienceCampus GraFox, SrTiO3
thin films shall be basically investigated in dependence of
growth parameters and choice of the substrate (lattice strain). Systematic studies on point
defects, electronic transport mechanisms, role of hydrogen and interface formation shall be
performed. The method of choice for the epitaxial deposition is focused mainly on the metal
organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), which provides stoichiometric films with low defect
density. Additionally, pulsed laser deposition will be used, where a large range of deposition
parameters is available.
Characterization of the thin films shall be performed by x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy
as well as atomic force microscopy equipped with a conductive (CAFM) module.
Applicants should hold a Diploma or a MSc degree in physics, chemistry, materials science or a
related discipline as well as good English language skills. Expertise in the field of
oxides/perovskites, thin film growth or knowledge regarding thin film characterization is highly
desirable. Capability of working scientifically on an independent basis and ability to carry out
structured scientific work within a highly motivated team of researchers and technicians are
The position is part of the Leibniz ScienceCampus "Growth and fundamentals of oxides for
electronic applications (GraFox)", which seizes to fuse the excellent individual activities and
competences in Berlin on one of the most prospective material systems for future electronic and
(renewable) energy applications. Through collaborative research and publications we aim to
establish an internationally renowned key region in Berlin. The ScienceCampi of the Leibniz
Association promote cooperation on an equal footing between Leibniz institutions and
universities in the form of thematically-focused, complementary regional partnerships. These
networks aim to strengthen the scientific environment for the relevant themes by conducting
strategic research and encouraging interdisciplinarity in their topics, projects and methods.
The position is limited to three years. Payment is according to TVöD
(Treaty for German public service). IKZ is an equal opportunity employer.
Therefore, female candidates are encouraged to apply and will be
preferred in case of adequate qualification. Among equally qualified
applicants preference will be given to disabled candidates.
For information about the project contact: Dr. Jutta Schwarzkopf, firstname.lastname@example.org
, Phone +49 30 6392-3053.
Please submit your application via email by October 31, 2016,