PhD Student - Electronic characterization of real- and momentum-space topology of ultraflat bands (Closed)

Pre-doctoral position
Position category: PhD Student
Reference: 2023/94
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: 2023/09/28
For more info contact the supervisors:
Miguel Moreno Ugeda
How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for the above mentioned position. This is a unique opportunity for highly motivated students recently graduated from the University in Physics or related fields to join one of DIPC’s high-profile research teams.

The role

At the 2DSPM research group (DIPC) we are looking for a PhD candidate to carry out experimental work in the emergent field of moiré quantum matter. In particular, the applicant will focus on the electronic characterization of the ultraflat bands leading to superconductivity in graphene moiré systems. The candidate will carry out STM/STS measurements at low temperatures (30 mK) and high vector magnetic fields to unveil the fundamental properties and topology of such bands as well as the degree of electron correlations.

Desired background & competences

The successful applicant must have a degree in physics or closely related areas with a strong background in condensed matter physics. Early expertise in scanning probe methods and cryogenics will be valuable.

Working conditions

  • Contract duration: 1 year (possibility to extend up to 4 years)
  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales
  • Target start date: 2023/12/01

We provide a highly stimulating research environment, and unique professional career development opportunities.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The center

DIPC is a research center whose mission is to perform and catalyze cutting-edge research in physics and related disciplines, as well as to convey scientific culture to society. Located in Donostia / San Sebastian (Basque Country, Spain), DIPC was born from a strategic alliance of both public institutions and private companies. Since 2008 DIPC is a 'Basque Excellence Research Center' (BERC) recognized by the Basque Government's Department of Education. In 2019, DIPC was also recognized as a "Severo Ochoa" Excellence Center by the Spanish Research Agency.

About the team

We are an experimental condensed matter physics group belonging to the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC). Our research efforts are focused on the investigation of unusual collective electronic phenomena arising in novel low dimensional materials. In our laboratory, we grow these materials via molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and investigate their properties using a variety of techniques but mainly scanning probe microscopy (STM and AFM).

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit an updated CV and a brief statement of interest to the following application email below. 

Reference letters are welcome but not indispensable.

The reference of the specific opening to which the candidate is applying should be stated in the subject line, and the application must be received before the application deadline.

Although candidates are welcome to contact the project supervisors to know further details about the proposed research activity, please be aware that the application will be evaluated only if it is submitted directly to the email address listed below as application email.

Selection process

Applications received by the deadline will be evaluated by a Committee designed by the DIPC board on the basis of the following criteria:

  • CV of the candidate (40%)
  • Adequacy of the candidate’s scientific background to the project (40%)
  • Reference letters (10%)
  • Other: Diversity in gender, race, nationality, etc. (10%)

Evaluation results will be communicated to the candidates soon after. Positions will only be filled if qualified candidates are found.

The DIPC may revoke its decision if the candidate fails to join by the appointed time, in which case the position will be awarded to the candidate with the next highest score, provided it is above 50 (out of 100).

However, the selected candidate may keep the position if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, the candidate duly justifies the reasons why he or she cannot join before the specified deadline, and as long as the project allows it.


This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2022 research and innovation programme, with acronym mKoire and Grant Agreement number 101087014



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