Postodoctoral position in experimental 2D materials science


The Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, its progressive team within the Department of Analysis of Functional Materials,
is looking for a PhD/ postdoc with passion for materials science to join our running projects on 2D systems.


Job description

The candidate will profit from a powerful experimental infrastructure in Prague covering m-ARPES / m-XPS facilities, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and ex situ optical methods, which allow to study electronic band structure and chemical properties of individually selected mm-scale 2D islands. We offer an exciting topic, expertise in the group, and an established international network for high-impact publications like recent ones on CVD-grown MoS2 [1,2], graphene [3], or Bi-chalcogenide topological insulators [4].

Within a time of two years and potentially beyond, the candidate will join a project, extending studies on systems like MoS2 to a wider range of 2D transition metal chalcogenides (TMCs) based on our established strategies of Ref. [1-3]. In parallel - since some promising new TMCs may be instable in air - we plan to implement in situ 2D exfoliation methods and optical photoluminescence/Raman access to our m-ARPES / m-XPS facilities, to create a unique experimental combination all under ultra-high vacuum conditions. We thus look for a candidate who also takes fun from hands-on work with us in the lab.

If you would like to know more about ongoing research projects and life as a foreign scientist in Prague, please contact directly: Jan Honolka, Ph.D. (honolka [at] fzu [dot] cz).

[1] M. Velický et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 11, 6112–6118 (2020)
[2] T. Verhagen et al., ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 3, 6563–6573 (2020)
[3] M. Vondráček et al., Nature Scientific Reports 6, 23663 (2016)
[4] V. Tkáč et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 036406 (2019)

We offer

  • Opportunity for professional growth in the scientific field
  • Opportunity to participate in the activities of a top research institution
  • Support for further employee training and growth (Mentoring Programmes)
  • Home office mode
  • Flexible working hours
  • Meal allowance
  • Child allowance and visitor´s room for adults with children
  • 5 weeks of vacation and 5 “sick days”
  • Employer’s contribution to a private pension scheme
  • Multisport Card and other employment bonuses


Starting date negotiable


Application procedure

  • Please send a motivation letter, your CV, a list of publications and two references to the contact person.
  • Please make sure to identify the job title in the subject of your message.

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About the Institute

The Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v. v. i. (FZU) is a public research institution focusing on basic and applied research in physics. The FZU is the largest institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences with more than 1300 employees and a significant number of international workers.

The FZU strives to push the boundaries of knowledge and to conduct research in the fields
of elementary particles, condensed matter physics, optics, plasma and laser physics.

On April 2019, the FZU has become a holder of the certificate HR Excellence in Research Award, which is awarded by the European Commission. The FZU has thus ranked among the group of prestigious European institutions having the right to use this certificate.