Post-doctoral on the Physics and Chemistry of Layered Metal Chalcogenides

October 09 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of the Foundation for Research and Technology -  Hellas (FORTH), in the frame of the project "Deciphering the workings of molecule intercalated iron chalcogenides" (DOMINION), funded under the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global (ONR Announcement #N00014-17-S-B001), is seeking to recruit one (1) post-doctoral researcher.


The Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) at FORTH, is a major research Institute in Greece and internationally. IESL is traditionally strong in two main research directions, namely, Lasers & Photonics and Materials & Devices. These interdisciplinary areas possess research infrastructures of international standards, with science and technology goals that cross the borders between physics, chemistry and biology ( Training and education through research and the exploitation of technologically mature applications are equally important priorities. FORTH is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong commitment to diversity.

The Functional Nanocrystals and Quantum Magnetism Laboratory (FUN-L; at IESL-FORTH will be the host for the post-doctoral researcher.

Job Description

DOMINION provides an intimate engagement of syntheses and characterisation for a wide range of layered iron-based chalcogenide compounds. The challenges set out here will be tackled through a cross-disciplinary, collaborative initiative between European (Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, Greece & Warsaw University of Technology, Poland) and US DOE scientists (Brookhaven National Lab, NY & National High Magnetic Field Lab, FL). A comprehensive range of research activities, engaging young researchers (PhD and post-doc levels) with senior scientists, is organized to facilitate a resource-sharing culture and tackle open questions.


Understanding superconductivity in the materials of interest requires tackling the subtle stoichiometry necessitated for a sizeable superconducting critical temperature (Tc). The team will develop low-temperature chemical routes (Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Solid State Technology, WUT; contact: Dr A. Krzton-Maziopa), which in conjunction with the physical properties (Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, FORTH; contact: Dr. A. Lappas) of the acquired materials will allow parameterising the conditions leading to Tc enhancement.


The successful post-doctoral candidate will focus on the fundamental physics and chemistry of inter-atomic interactions of solid-state iron-chalcogenide magnets and superconductors, made up of functional molecular components with nanoscale dimensions. For this, user-facility photon and neutron science US DOE labs, with their advanced analytical instrumentation, optimized for high -flux/ -resolution/ -data throughput, unavailable anywhere else in the world, will be utilized to generate key insights on how (structural and electronic / magnetic) correlations at the atomic level of matter are built and influence the superconducting electrons to pair-up.

  • The post-doctoral researcher should be able and willing to travel to conduct experiments at DOE facilities in the USA.

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