Group leader IR Sensor Production (f/m/d)

The Leibniz Institute of Photonics Technology (Leibniz-IPHT) offers the following position (fulltime, 100%) in the Competence Center for Micro- and Nanotechnologies,  as of now or as soon as possible:


Group leader IR Sensor Production (f/m/d)

The position is initially limited to 2 years. An extension will be sought if suitable.


The Leibniz-IPHT is a university independent research institute with close connection to the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and member of the Leibniz association.

Job description:

The position of group leader is associated with the control, management, budget and personnel responsibilities of the IR sensor production working group. The main task of the IR sensor production group is the production of thin-film thermal sensors for a wide range of applications in non-contact radiation measurement. The sensors are based on the thermoelectric conversion principle using highly effective V/VI compound semiconductors. They meet the demand for highest detectivity for applications in the life sciences such as medical technology, MIR spectroscopy and pyrometry and are also used in special developments for numerous space missions. All sensors are produced on silicon wafers in the clean room of Leibniz-IPHT using state-of-the-art MEMS methods, characterized, separated and assembled, and encapsulated according to customer specifications using packaging methods. The quality assurance of core processes is in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2015.

Your field of activity:

The group manager's activities primarily include controlling and safeguarding the DIN ISO-certified production of IR sensors for industrial use and maintaining the necessary customer and industry contacts.

The job includes:

  • the technology maintenance, monitoring and further development of the established thin-film, lithography and build-up and interconnection processes,
  • their documentation in a process database,
  • the organization of consumables and working materials,
  • the monitoring of characterised sensor parameters, as well as the further development of inspection processes to ensure optimal sensor quality,
  • the continuous maintenance of the quality management system (QMS),
  • regular customer communication for product consultations and project developments.

A qualified and experienced team of scientists, engineers, laboratory technicians and laboratory assistants is available to fulfil these tasks. A good knowledge of German is essential to lead the group.

Your qualification:

  • Degree in either Physics / Microtechnology / Materials Science and Engineering or Industrial Engineering

Your knowledge and skills:

  • Knowledge in the field of thin film physics and microstructure technology
  • Knowledge in the fields of thermoelectrics and radiation measurement
  • Industrial experience including initiation and maintenance of industrial contacts
  • Several years of experience in the technical and disciplinary management of employees
  • Very good written and spoken German
  • Knowledge and experience in the preparation of offers
  • Very good communication skills and ability to work in a team
  • Technical supervision of laboratory technicians
  •  Working in a clean room environment

We offer:

  • A truly integrative and interdisciplinary work environment: Being situated on the Beutenberg Campus in Jena, the Leibniz IPHT hosts more than 400 employees from around the world who work at the interface of physics, biochemistry, technology, data sciences, and medical sciences to develop sensing solutions of tomorrow.
  • World-class equipment and facilities: The Leibniz IPHT offers a large variety of physics, chemistry, and biology labs at highest standards. Moreover, it holds state-of-the-art fiber-drawing and clean-room facilities (incl. lithography units), as well as microfluidics fabrication and big data computing units. Simply everything your interdisciplinary heart beats for.
  • A family-friendly working environment with a variety of offers for families: parent-child room, campus kindergarten places, family events and more.
  • Flexible working time models, 30 days vacation/year, special annual payment, bridging days.
  • Jena – City of Science: A young and lively town with a vibrant local cultural agenda!


Salary is in accordance with the regulations of the TV-L.

About us:

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 background. If women are underrepresented in the area of ​​the advertised position, they will be given preferential consideration if they are equally qualified.

Further information:

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Uwe Hübner, Email:


Please send your application electronically as one pdf file via Email (the position is vacant until it is filled) including your CV and certificates to:

Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology Jena e. V.

Human Resources

Albert-Einstein-Straße 9, 07745 Jena



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