PhD position (m/f/d), B4-3

Reference number 212-B4-3/2023

Founded in 1409, Leipzig University is one of Germany’s largest universities and a leader in research and medical training. With around 30,000 students and more than 5000 members of staff across 14 faculties, it is at the heart of the vibrant and outward-looking city of Leipzig. Leipzig University offers an innovative and international working environment as well as an exciting range of career opportunities in research, teaching, knowledge and technology transfer, infrastructure and administration.

The Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy, Institute for Analytical Chemistryseeks to fill the above position from 1 October 2023.

The Collaborative Research Center TRR-386 “Hyperpolarization in Molecular Systems”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), is centered at the Leipzig University and the Chemnitz University of Technology with partners at RWTH Aachen University, University of Augsburg, Technical University of Munich, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, University of Rostock.

The TRR-386 will focus on the controlled realization of transient spin order of electrons or magnetic nuclei, i.e., of hyperpolarization, in molecular systems. This is expected to have a major impact in three research areas of chemistry and physics, namely magnetic resonance, spintronics and spin-chemistry which will be merged. To this end, the TRR-386 will contribute to the fundamental understanding of generation of electronic and nuclear spin hyperpolarization, its transport through molecular structures and its control. We expect implications towards applications for example in medicine, multifunctional electronics, and efficient chemical catalysis.

About the position

  • Fixed term of 3 years with the with the possibility of extension for another 9 months
  • 75 % of a full-time position
  • Planned remuneration: salary group E13 TV-L


  • (ONP)NMR measurements using a field cycling setup and further development
  • optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) measurements including confocal microscopy and the upgrading in the UV range
  • magnetic field dependent photoluminescence measurements
  • participation in publications


  • university degree in the field of physics or similar (M.Sc.)
  • experimental experience in ONP/NMR/ODMR and/or in an optical lab
  • sound knowledge of the physics of spin interactions
  • basic knowledge in chemistry
  • programming skills (Python)

What we offer

  • A modern workplace and attractive working conditions (mobile working)
  • Flexible working hours and work-life balance
  • Goal-oriented staff development throughout your working life, with opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Pension plan
  • Commuter pass for the MDV network
  • excellent access to interdisciplinary perspectives, e.g. within the Integrated Research Training Group of the SFB

Please send your application by mail with the usual documents, quoting reference number 212-B4-3/2023, as a single PDF file to by 18 July 2023. Please note that it is not possible to guarantee confidentiality and rule out unauthorised access by third parties when communicating by unencrypted email.

Alternatively, send your application by mail to: Leipzig University, Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy, Professor Jörg Matysik, Linnéstr. 3, 04103 Leipzig. We kindly request that you submit copies only, as we are unable to return application documents. Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

Leipzig University aims to increase the proportion of women in positions of responsibility and therefore expressly invites qualified women to apply. Severely disabled persons – or persons deemed legally equal to them under Book IX of the German Social Code – are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

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