Research Assistant / Postdoc in the research department of Quantum Systems

The Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies e.V. (Leibniz-IPHT) has a position to offer in the research department of Quantum Systems for the next possible date as

Research assistant / Postdoc

in full time (100%). The position is initially limited to 2 years.

The Leibniz-IPHT is a member of the Leibniz Association as well as a non-university research institution with close ties to the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

Optically pumped magnetometers (OPM) are based on the Zeeman effect in alkali metal atom vapours. With the help of advanced techniques of laser spectroscopy, magnetic fields can be measured extremely sensitively via shifts of atomic absorption lines. By integrating them into compact sensor systems, OPMs open up new applications, e.g. in biomedicine and geophysics.

Your tasks:

  • Research into novel OPM operating principles and their characterisation in the laboratory set-up,
  • Carrying out accompanying calculations and physical simulations,
  • Realisation, evaluation and testing of a complete field-ready demonstrator sensor system.

Your qualification:

Completed university studies (diploma or master's degree), preferably with doctorate, in physics, optics, photonics or related disciplines.

Your knowledge and skills:

  • In-depth knowledge of optics, atomic physics, and electronics,
  • Relevant experience with experimental work in a laser laboratory and the construction of integrated optical systems,
  • Sound knowledge of at least one programming language (e.g. Python) and/or computer algebra system (e.g. Wolfram Mathematica),
  • Highly motivated, reliable and ability for independently working on tasks,
  • Good written and spoken English.

We offer:

  • An open welcome culture as well as a friendly and committed to team work in modern science,
  • Involved in an interdisciplinary research environment,
  • Continued personal and professional development of our employees.

Further Information:

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Theo Scholtes, via phone under 03641 – 206 165 or via email:


According to German tariffs for public employees (TV-L)

We are a modern, internationally oriented research institute. The compatibility of work and family is one of our central concerns. We value diversity and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of gender, disability, nationality or ethnic and social origin. If women are underrepresented in the area of the advertised position, they will be given preferential consideration in the recruitment process if they are equally qualified.

Your application:

Please send your complete application documents with curriculum vitae, certificates (if not in German or English: please provide a certified translation!) and two reference addresses, preferably by e-mail in one pdf file, quoting the reference number 1071 by 3th of June, 2022 to the

Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology e. V.

Human Resources Office

Albert-Einstein-Strasse 9, 07745 Jena


Reference number: 1071


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