Postdoctoral position in 2D sandwiches, artificial layered building blocks for multifunctional materials


We are currently looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join a new, ERC-STG funded, research team led by Tim Verhagen, established to investigate 2D sandwiches.


What will you do

This ERC-STG funded postdoc position will focus on the theoretical modelling of a new two-dimensional building block: the 2D sandwich. This is a layered heterostructure, consisting of a mix of layered van der Waals, layered ionic and layered metavalent materials. In the 2D sandwich, an interaction between the sandwich's individual layers is mediated via an ionic or multivalent bond, whereas the interaction with other 2D layers is still solely due to the van der Waals interactions.

You will be the link between experiment and theory and help to explain the properties of the in-house grown 2D sandwich structures on a recently installed molecular-beam epitaxy system. We believe that following the tradition of our Dielectric department (Jan Fousek, Vaclav Janovec, Jiri Hlinka) a combination of symmetry arguments, group theory, bicrystallography, phenomenological modelling and intuition will be key in the understanding of the behaviour of our newly created materials. Based on your work, we expect you will help us with the development of design principles for the next generation of 2D sandwiches.

Your key responsibilities will be

  • Theoretical modelling of 2D sandwiches
  • Publish academic papers and present at academic conferences
  • Supporting PhD, master and bachelor students with their research related to this project.

What we expect

  • Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, material sciences or a related field
  • Hands-on experience with either symmetry arguments, group theory, bicrystallography or phenomenological modelling demonstrable via your paper(s) and/or thesis and/or developed public available software. Knowledge of 2D materials, moiré physics, ferroics or first-principles and atomistic-level simulations are an advantage. 
  • Ability to communicate and explain your work to both theoreticians and experimentalist
  • Advanced English (written and spoken) is a must
  • Well-developed research skills, willingness to learn new techniques and approaches and eager to explore the unknown
  • Well-developed social skills in order to be able to work in an international team environment and contribute to a pleasant atmosphere

If you think you will fit our team, but you don't fulfil completely above requirements, don't hesitate to contact us and let us know why you would like to join our team and how you would fit in our team.

What we offer

  • Interesting work in cutting-edge research and development
  • 5 weeks of vacation + 6 days of personal leave
  • Meal allowance, own canteen in the area
  • After the first year of employment, contribution to pension and life insurance, contribution to recreation, culture or sports
  • English lessons at the workplace
  • Possibility to use the recreational facilities of the FZU in Krkonoše
  • Outdoor sports facilities (tennis, volleyball), Multisport card and other benefits
  • Find out more about us -  Why FZU?

Place of work: Pod Vodarenskou vezi 1, Praha 8.

How to apply

Please send your CV and motivation letter with the position title, to kariera [at] fzu [dot] cz (kariera[at]fzu[dot]cz). Please put the name of the position to the subject of the e-mail.

If you would like to know more about ongoing research projects, please contact directly Tim Verhagen: verhagen [at] fzu [dot] cz

Starting date negotiable, but preferably September 2024