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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - Cen­ter for Advan­cing Elec­tro­nics Dres­den (cfaed)

The TU Dres­den is one of ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an “excel­lence uni­ver­sity”. TUD has about 36.500 stu­dents and almost 5319 employees, 507 pro­fes­sors among them, and, thus, is the lar­gest uni­ver­sity in Sax­ony, today.

Having been com­mit­ted to sci­en­ces and the engi­nee­ring before the reuni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many, TU Dres­den now is a multi-disci­pline uni­ver­sity, also offe­ring huma­nities and social sci­en­ces as well as medi­cine.

Rese­arch Asso­ciate / Post­doc

(sub­ject to per­so­nal qua­li­fi­ca­tion employees are remu­ne­ra­ted accord­ing to salary group E 13 TV-L)
Rese­arch area: Orga­nic syn­the­sis and orga­nic elec­tro­nics: mate­rial syn­the­sis, pro­ces­sing, and device fabri­ca­tion
Pro­ject Title: Self-assem­bled mono­lay­ers (SAMs) with address­able dipole moments
cfaed Inves­ti­ga­tors: Prof. Ste­fan Manns­feld (cfaed), Dr. Fran­ziska Lis­sel (IPF)
Terms: star­ting as soon as pos­si­ble for 18 mon­ths with the pos­si­bi­lity of exten­sion for 6 mon­ths. The period of employ­ment is gover­ned by the Fixed Term Rese­arch Con­tracts Act (Wis­sen­schafts­zeit­ver­trags­ge­setz – WissZeitVG).

Work­ing field:

The pre­cise mani­pu­la­tion of a solid state device’s elec­tri­cal out­put is a fun­da­men­tal chal­lenge in orga­nic elec­tro­nics and nano­tech­no­logy. By intro­du­cing sti­muli respon­sive units into the device lay­out, mul­ti­func­tio­nal devices might be acces­si­ble, e.g. photo-respon­sive memo­ries or logic cir­cuits.
This fully fun­ded Post­doc pro­ject is part of a broa­der rese­arch effort to affect the elec­tro­nic pro­per­ties of orga­nic semi­con­duc­tor devices and con­trol them with an exter­nal sti­mu­lus, and inclu­des orga­nic syn­the­sis as well as device fabri­ca­tion. From the side of orga­nic syn­the­sis, pho­toad­dress­able mole­cu­les will be syn­the­sised, and cha­rac­te­ri­sed in solu­tion and as self-assem­bled mono­lay­ers (SAMs). The SAMs will be used to affect and con­trol the beha­viour of elec­tri­cally active devices, which will be fabri­ca­ted and inves­ti­ga­ted.
The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will:
  • work in a mul­ti­di­sci­pli­nary envi­ron­ment with access to state-of-the-art equip­ment, and be part of a team of several other PhD can­di­da­tes and post­docs
  • syn­the­sise and cha­rac­te­rise dif­fe­rent (photo) address­able swit­ches
  • fabri­cate and cha­rac­te­rize self-assem­bled mono­lay­ers of the obtai­ned swit­ches
  • fabri­cate orga­nic sin­gle- and mul­ti­layer devices, e.g. by ther­mal eva­po­ra­tion of mate­ri­als in vacuum and by solu­tion coa­ting pro­ces­ses of small mole­cu­les and poly­mers
  • cha­rac­te­rise the resul­ting devices both mor­pho­lo­gi­cally and elec­tri­cally, the lat­ter inclu­ding I-V, C-V, C-f, and opti­cal mea­su­rements
  • explore the swit­ching of the fabri­ca­ted devices.


We aim at attrac­ting the best talent in the respec­tive rese­arch fields and look for:
  • uni­ver­sity and an Ph.D. degree in che­mi­stry, mate­ri­als sci­ence or a rela­ted field, with a focus on orga­nic syn­the­sis
  • hands-on expe­ri­ence in multi-step orga­nic syn­the­sis, pre­fer­a­bly of (elec­tro­ni­cally) func­tio­nal mole­cu­les, and com­mon cha­rac­te­ri­sa­tion methods (NMR, CV, etc)
  • ide­ally also prior expe­ri­ence SAMs for­ma­tion and cha­rac­te­ri­sa­tion, and/or photo-address­able mole­cu­les
  • very good inter­per­so­nal and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills; in par­ti­cu­lar, the abi­lity to effec­tively work in col­la­bo­ra­tive rese­arch efforts,
  • an inde­pen­dent, tar­get- and solu­tion-dri­ven work atti­tude,
  • inter- and mul­ti­di­sci­pli­nary thin­king,
  • strong moti­va­tion and inte­rest to join one of the most ambi­tious inter­di­sci­pli­nary rese­arch clus­ters,
  • flu­ency in Eng­lish - writ­ten and oral
  • prior know­ledge in device phy­sics/semi­con­duc­tor phy­sics is desi­ra­ble.

What we of­fer:

You will join a team of enthu­si­astic sci­en­tists who pur­sue crea­tively their indi­vi­dual rese­arch agenda inspi­red by the clus­ter’s inno­va­tive approach and sup­port: The orga­nic syn­the­sis will take place under the gui­d­ance of Dr. Fran­ziska Lis­sel, and the device work with Prof. Dr. Ste­fan Manns­feld. Your rese­arch will be fos­te­red by the cfaed phi­lo­so­phy to pro­mote young rese­ar­chers which inclu­des:
  • access to state-of-the-art rese­arch of lea­ding aca­de­mic insti­tu­tes.
  • pro­mo­tion of gen­der equa­lity and family-fri­endly work envi­ron­ment.
App­li­ca­ti­ons from women are par­ti­cu­larly wel­come. The same app­lies to per­sons with disa­bi­li­ties.

About cfaed
cfaed is a Cen­tral Aca­de­mic Unit at Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den.It brings tog­e­ther 300 rese­ar­chers from the uni­ver­sity and 10 other rese­arch insti­tu­tes in the areas of Elec­tri­cal and Com­pu­ter Engi­neer-ing, Com­pu­ter Sci­ence, Mate­ri­als Sci­ence, Phy­sics, Che­mi­stry, Bio­logy, and Mathe­ma­tics. cfaed ad-dres­ses the advan­ce­ment of elec­tro­nic infor­ma­tion pro­ces­sing sys­tems through explo­ring new tech-nolo­gies which over­come the limits of today’s pre­do­mi­nant CMOS tech­no­logy. For more infor­ma­tion please see

About TU Dres­den
The TU Dres­den is among the top uni­ver­si­ties in Ger­many and Europe and one of the ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an ‘elite uni­ver­sity’ in June 2012. As a modern full-sta­tus uni­ver­sity with 18 facul­ties it offers a wide aca­de­mic range making it one of a very few in Ger­many.

How to ap­ply:

Your app­li­ca­tion (in Eng­lish only) should include: moti­va­tion let­ter, CV, copy of degree cer­ti­fi­cate, tran­script of gra­des (i.e. the offi­cial list of cour­se­work inclu­ding your gra­des) and proof of Eng­lish lan­guage skills. Please sub­mit your com­plete app­li­ca­tion pre­fer­a­bly via the TU Dres­den Secure-Mail Por­tal by sen­ding it as a sin­gle pdf-docu­ment quo­ting the refe­rence num­ber PD2009_Org­Synth in the sub­ject hea­der to or by mail to TU Dres­den, cfaed, z. H. Anne Schulze, Helm­holtz­str. 10, 01069 Dres­den, Ger­many. The clo­sing date for app­li­ca­ti­ons is 06.10.2020 (stam­ped arri­val date of the uni­ver­sity cen­tral mail ser­vice app­lies). Please sub­mit copies only, as your app­li­ca­tion will not be retur­ned to you. Expen­ses incur­red in atten­ding inter­views can­not be reim­bur­sed.

Refe­rence to data pro­tec­tion: Your data pro­tec­tion rights, the pur­pose for which your data will be pro-ces­sed, as well as fur­ther infor­ma­tion about data pro­tec­tion is avail­able to you on the web­site: