The Institute – Facts, Mission and Organizational Structure

The Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI) is a German research institute with about 100 employees located in Berlin-Mitte. PDI was founded in 1992 and emerged from the former Zentralinstitut für Elektronenphysik of the Academy of Sciences of the German Democratic Republic. The institute is a member of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft and part of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.

PDI works closely with partners from science, industry and academia, and actively engages in the transfer of its knowledge and technologies to the public. Training and education of young researchers is an important task for the institute. The director of PDI holds a professorship at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Device Inspiring Research

According to its mission, PDI performs basic research as a lively symbiosis of materials science and solid state physics in order to inspire and demonstrate new functionalities for future technologies. Our focus lies on the fabrication and investigation of low-dimensional structures in semiconductors. The institute covers the whole range from growth and processing, to microstructural characterization, spectroscopic analysis and theoretical modeling. A core competence of the institute is the precise deposition of atomic structures using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). PDI provides over 1500 m² of laboratory space, including a recently opened central clean room area of 450 m² that is dedicated to MBE.

Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Excellent science needs the most creative minds and the broadest diversity of intellectual and cultural approaches. PDI therefore strives to offer an open and inclusive atmosphere with equal opportunities for everybody – independent of religious beliefs, cultural background, or gender identification. Our equal opportunity officer Kai Hablizel (she/her/hers) is happy to discuss your questions, concerns and suggestions at hablizel@pdi-berlin.de, +49 30 20377-342

Please also check our Equal Opprotunity Plan (at present in German only: Gleichstellungsplan)