Postdoc Position: Development of high-resolution HHG laser-ARPES system with spin-detection for the ERC project ChiralTopMat at Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics

Job Offer from April 02, 2024

The Schröter Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics in Halle, Germany, is looking for motivated Postdoc with experience in the development of a laser-based high-harmonic generation light source for use in static and time-resolved angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES). This light source will be combined with our existing hemispherical electron analyzer and VLEED type spin-detector for the investigation of novel structurally chiral materials. These materials are expected to display exotic spin- and orbital-textures that could be the basis for novel technologies and are the focus of the ERC Starting Grant project ChiralTopMat [1-3]. Moreover, structurally chiral materials are the research focus of the “Center for Chiral Electronics” Excellence Initiative collaboration with the University Halle-Wittenberg [4].
If you are interested to learn more about these topics, please consult the following publications

[1] and
[2] N.B.M. Schröter et al.,  Nature Physics 15, 759–765 (2019), arXiv:1812.03310
[3] N.B.M. Schröter et al.,  Science 369, 179–183 (2020), arXiv:1907.08723

Your Mission:

  • Lead the development of an innovative high-harmonic generation light source tailored for unrivaled energy, spatial, and spin resolution.
  • Drive forward the design and implementation of a state-of-the-art laser Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES) beamline.
  • Collaborate closely with a dynamic ERC team to advance the frontiers of chiral topological semimetals research.
  • Contribute your expertise to optimize experimental setups and protocols for maximum precision and reliability.
  • Disseminate your findings through publications in scientific journals and presentations at international conferences.

Your Credentials:

  • Hold a Ph.D. degree in Physics, Materials Science, or a related discipline.
  • Proven track-record in the development of laser-based high-harmonic generation light source
  • Ideally experience with experimental condensed matter physics, particularly in ARPES techniques.
  • Possess programming skills (e.g., Python, MATLAB) for data analysis and experimental control.
  • Communicate effectively and thrive in a collaborative research environment.

What We Offer:

  • We are one of the leading research groups in the emergent field of chiral topological semimetals
  • We have a strong track record in promoting the postdocs in our group into tenure-track positions (see
  • Competitive salary package aligned with your qualifications and experience.
  • Access to cutting-edge research facilities and resources at the NISE department of the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics.
  • Opportunities for professional growth, networking, and international collaboration.
  • A supportive and stimulating work environment within a globally renowned research institution.

Conditions of employment:

The positions are available immediately, although the start date can be negotiated. The initial contract duration is 36 months for the postdoc position. If your performance is good (which is highly likely if you are selected for the role) then we can extend your contract for at least another 12 months.


The Max Planck Society is Germany's premier research organization dedicated to basic research and to supporting and developing early career scientists. It offers an excellent infrastructure and a very international environment that enables research at the highest level. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application and Additional information:

To apply or to ask for more information, please send your CV and (if applicable) publication list, as well as contact details of two scientists that can provide references, to Dr Niels Schröter .  Also see our website for more information:

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