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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program: Project 3/2024: PhD Project Title: High-throughput studies of multi-component thin films.

Topic Description: The compositional optimization of novel complex multi-component materials for their application requires high-throughput studies probing many different compositions. In this project, we aim for correlative structure-property studies of organic semiconductor thin films prospective for application in photovoltaics. The gradient thin films will be deposited by means of organic molecular beam deposition method using a dedicated chamber recently developed in the group. The spatial resolution of modern sample characterization techniques, such as X-ray scattering at synchrotron sources, atomic force microscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy, will allow probing structure and optical properties of such gradient films effectively providing high compositional resolution using just single samples.

Faculty: Faculty of Sciences
Institute/Section/Subject: Institute of Applied Physics

Supervising Professor(s): Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Schreiber

About the Supervisor(s): Graduated from Bochum University (Dr. rer. nat., 1995), Post-doctoral Fellow at Princeton University (1996 – 1997), Research Assistant in Stuttgart (University and MPI-MF, 1998 – 2002), University Lecturer at the University of Oxford (2002 – 2004), Professor (Chair) at Tübingen University (since 2004), Dean of Studies in Nano-Science (since 2011).
Research interests include organic and hybrid thin films (growth mechanisms, structure and properties), surface-sensitive X-ray and neutron scattering techniques and machine learning-based analysis of the scattering data.

Requirements for the application:
Required Degrees: Master or equivalent degree in Physics or Chemistry
Language Requirements: English (IELTS 6,5 or TOEFL equivalent)
Notes: Knowledge of programming languages such as Python or Matlab is a strong advantage

For further instructions on how to apply, more information on the program and contact details please see below.
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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program
The University of Tübingen have established a PhD Program which supports Korean nationals from partner Universities wishing to carry out all or part of their PhD study in Tübingen.

  • Cheju National University
  • Chonbuk National University
  • Chungnam National University
  • Ewha Womans University
  • Hanyang University
  • Korea University
  • Pusan National University
  • Seoul National University
  • Sogang University
  • Sookmyung Women's University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Yonsei University


  • Aims:
    • providing high quality research training to qualified students from Korean universities
    • developing education and research collaborations between the University of Tübingen and Korean universities and research institutions

    Target group:
    Excellent postgraduate and doctoral students from Korean partner universities who are citizens and permanent residents of the Republic of Korea at the time of application

    Application Process:
    • June 30: Application deadline. Applications must be handed in through the online application system of the University of Tübingen
    • between July 4 and 7: round of interviews in English
    • by July 30: Successful applicants will be officially informed and provided letters of admission.
    • by Oct 1: Program participants arrive in Tübingen

    • How to Apply:
      In order to apply you need to upload the following documents combined in 1 PDF
      • Cover/Motivation letter with the description of academic characteristics that qualify you to complete the PhD project successfully
      • CV
      • Academic transcripts*
      • Proof of proficient English language skills - TOEFL iBT 95 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

      *List of required Academic transcripts (including official translation into German or English for documents issued in Korean)
      1) Bachelor’s Degree Award Certificate / Bachelor Gradverleihungsurkunde
      2) Transcript of the subjects and marks / Fächer- und Notenübersicht for your Bachelor’s degree/ für das Bachelorstudium
      3) Master’s Degree Award Certificate / Master-Gradverleihungsurkunde
      4) Transcript of the subjects and marks for your Master’s Degree / Fächer- und Notenübersicht für das Masterstudium


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