PhD student – Department of Magnetism, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany


The Department of Magnetism at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf in Germany invites applications as PhD Student (f/m/d) – Nonlinear Magnetic Hardware for Reservoir Computing. The PhD student will work under the supervision of Prof Jürgen Fassbender with co-supervision of Dr Helmut Schultheiss and Dr Katrin Schultheiss. We are a young and dynamic group working on experimental physics. Our focus lies on studying magnetization dynamics using optical and microwave spectroscopy, with two Brillouin light scattering microscopes being our main workhorses. The PhD student will work in the framework of the EU-founded project NIMFEIA to advance the development of a novel magnetic hardware for reservoir computing. Our vision is to harness nonlinear interactions of magnetic eigenmodes in ferromagnetic microstructures to perform pattern recognition tasks. The PhD student will be involved in sample fabrication using electron beam and UV lithography.

The position will be available from 1 March 2024. The employment contract is limit-ed to three years.


• Master’s degree in Physics or closely related discipline

• The ability to work independently and with persistence

• High motivation for self-organized research

• The ability to develop and apply new concepts

• Creative approach to problem-solving

• High level of analytical capability

• Advanced computer skills

• Structured and goal-oriented organization of work

• Flexible attitude towards work

• Willingness to work as part of a team and with international partners

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills (in English)

• Preferably knowledge/experience in magneto optics, magnetization dynamics, radio frequency analysis, nano-/micro-fabrication or neuromorphic computing approaches


• To carry out research in magnetization dynamics

• To work with, maintain and advance existing experimental apparatus (e.g. Brillouin light scattering microscopes)

• To design and build new experimental apparatus (e.g. probe station for electric transport measurements)

• To assist in sample fabrication

• To acquire and interpret research data and results

• To prioritize tasks and keep deadlines

• To maintain accurate and complete records

• To prepare material for presentations and publications

• To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary

• To assist drafting publications and reports

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/ transcripts, etc.) only via our online application system.