The Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) is a young, up-and-coming university and the only technical university in the state of Brandenburg. With more than 1,500 employees, the BTU is one of the largest employers in Lusatia and is particularly impressive here for its work-life balance.

In the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, the following position is available in the Department of Applied Physics and Semiconductor Spectroscopy in the DFG project »MOVPE growth and characterisation of thin (AlxGa1-x)2O3 films for high-performance devices« in Cottbus:

Academic Staff Member (m/f/d) in the Department of Applied Physics and Semiconductor Spectroscopy

Reference Number: 69/22

The Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU), the Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth Berlin (IKZ) and the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY, Hamburg site) have acquired the above-mentioned DFG-funded project, which aims to grow and characterize thin (AlxGa1-x)2O3 films (AlGaO) for high-performance devices. Semiconductor materials with exceptional properties are needed for future electronic applications. Beta-gallium oxide (β-Ga2O3) is a promising material for high-performance applications due to its high electrical breakdown field resulting from an ultra-wide band gap. By alloying this material system with aluminum, the band gap can be further increased. Therefore, this project aims to understand and control the growth of high-quality AlGaO. For this purpose, the structural, chemical and physical properties of the grown films will be characterized using state-of-the-art techniques, and the results will be used directly as feedback to optimize the growth process. The research focus of the project is distributed between (thin film) growth (IKZ), surface analysis by spectroscopy and microscopy (BTU) and structural analysis by diffraction (DESY). For each location, a PhD project is planned, and the respective doctoral students will work in close exchange with the partners.

For more information about the DFG project, please visit the following website:

These are your responsibilities

  • scientific work within the framework of the research focus of the department
  • In particular, collaboration in the preparation and implementation of third-party funded     projects (BMBF, DFG, industrial projects), here in the project "MOVPE growth and characterisation of thin (AlxGa1-x)2O3 films for high-performance devices".
  • Lectures and publications on the research topic
  • Preparation of contributions for reports and presentations
  • Other research-related administrative tasks

The research project is ideally suited for the completion of a doctorate.

Your Skills

The prerequisite is an outstanding university degree that meets the pay scale requirements for the collective labour agreement of the German federal states TV-L (accredited Master's degree/university diploma/equivalent) in a subject relevant to the job (physics or comparable).You have a working experience in the operation of UHV systems, in the spectroscopic characterization of thin films (XPS, HAXPES), and in electron microscopy (PEEM/LEEM). Furthermore, you are experienced in the analytical evaluation of measurement results and have a strong ability to scientifically present, discuss and evaluate the results. You have very good computer skills (e.g. MS Office, Origin or Igor Pro) as well as very good English skills.

On a personal level, you have demonstrated a distinct ability for scholarly work, independence, flexibility, good communication skills, and very good experimental skills. Your profile is completed by your ability to work in a team and cooperate with project partners.

Our Offer

The BTU offers an excellent environment for your academic qualification and research. In addition, you can benefit from many advantages of the research hubs in Cottbus and Senftenberg, in particular, from its interdisciplinarity and favourable transport connections to Berlin or Dresden as well as attractive and affordable housing options in Lusatia.

If you want to play an active role in shaping change in Lusatia, become part of the BTU family. We look forward to meeting you.

For further information about the vacant position, please contact Prof. Jan Ingo Flege (e-mail:, tel.: 0355 69-5352).

The BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg is committed to equal opportunities and diversity and strives for a balanced gender ratio in all employee groups. Persons with a severe disability as well as persons of equal status will be given priority in the case of equal suitability.

The BTU aims to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore strongly encourages qualified female applicants to apply.

The submission of application photos is not required.

Please note the more detailed information on the selection process on the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg website.

Please send your application documents in a single PDF document, stating the reference number, exclusively by e-mail by 15.09.2022 to the Dean of Faculty 1, MINT - Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, e-mail: fakultaet1+bewerbungen(at)


Publication date: 04.05.2022

Valid until: 15.09.2022