Doctoral Scholarships in Experimenta Soft-matter and Interface Research, Germany

Publish Date: Nov 06, 2015

Deadline: Nov 30, 2015

The IRTG 1524, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and associated with Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, offers 3 Doctoral Scholarships in EXPERIMENTAL soft-matter and interface research

Project A6 - H. Riegler: “Nucleation and Growth at Nano-Structured Interfaces”
Project description: Despite its ubiquity (e.g. cloud formation, biomineralization) and immense practical
importance (e.g. metallurgy) nucleation and interfacial growth is not well understood. The focus of this experimental project is a better fundamental understanding of nucleation and growth of nano size aggregates at solid interfaces from solution. Investigations will be performed by AFM and other  topography/surface probing methods. The work will be conducted at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, in the group of Dr. Hans Riegler( Master degree and excellent background in physics or chemistry. Computer experience. Focus on experimental work.

Project B8 – M. Ballauff: “Interaction of proteins with polyelectrolytes”
Project description: Measurements of the interaction of proteins with spherical polyelectrolyte brush by e.g. calorimetry and scattering techniques, close collaboration with the theory group of J. Dzubiella working on the same subject with computer simulations, interpretation of the data. The work will be conducted at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin in the group of Prof. Dr. Matthias Ballauff (
Requirements: Master degree in physical chemistry or experimental physics.

Project C9 - J. P. Rabe: “Molecular nanostructures in a soft slit-pore of graphene and mica”
Project description: The control over molecular nanostructures plays an important role both in nature as well as in nano-science and technology. A novel platform for their study is a nanoslit-pore, formed from an atomically flat solid surface and a soft two-dimensional crystal, i.e. mica and graphene. Structure and dynamics of molecularly thin heterogeneous films in this slit-pore have been investigated recently, employing high resolution scanning probe methods together with optical microscopies and spectroscopies. It was found that the competition between the mechanical deformation energy of the graphene sheets on the one hand, and electrostatic interactions on the other, plays a key role for nanostructuring of molecular mixtures. Moreover, theoretical work has shown that the interaction potentials controlling the phase behavior may be obtained directly from an analysis of scanning force microscopy images. This allows to predict the phase behavior of molecular films with respect to a yet unexplored range of experimental parameters, such as temperature. The aim of the project is to investigate this class of highly relevant systems with increasingly complexity. The work will be conducted at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, in the group of Prof. Dr. Jürgen P. Rabe( Master degree and experience in experimental physics or physical chemistry. Interest in experiments and theory.

General Information

Commitment: The IRTG 1524 distinguishes itself through joint teaching and supervision. Each Ph.D. student will be supervised by a German and a US scientist. The core program consists of interdisciplinary lectures and seminars,
and includes a mandatory six-month research and study period in one of the collaborating US universities. The IRTG 1524 is run by a joint consortium: Technische Unversität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Max Planck
Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and four US universities: North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina, Duke University, and University of Pennsylvania. For more information visit our website:
Terms of Grant: Scholarships are awarded for a maximum period of up to 3 years, starting individually at the earliest possible date. Doctoral fellows will receive a stipend of € 1,468 per month, incl. material cost allowance.
Additional childcare allowance will be granted if applicable.
Application: Applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, CV, certificate copies, and transcript of grades. Excellent command of the English language, mobility, and a strong interest in fundamental research are indispensable prerequisites. Please refer to the project number! The IRTG 1524 aims at increasing the proportion of female staff and is proactive in inviting women to apply for fellowships. In cases of equal qualification, females will be given preference. This policy applies also to disabled persons.
Deadline: The deadline for applications is November 30th, 2015.
Applications should be addressed to:
Dr. D. Fliegner, Technische Universität Berlin, Sekr. TC 7, Institut für Chemie (IRTG 1524), Strasse des 17. Juni 124, 10623 Berlin, Germany.
Applications by e-mail are highly welcome:
Please refer to the project number and send all enclosures as pdf, combined in 1 file.

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