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Research Fellow (f/m/d) for Satellite & Fiber-Based QKD Systems
Published(118 days ago)
Deadline for applications(72 days ago)
Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik (IOF)Jena
FRAUNHOFER INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED OPTICS AND PRECISION ENGINEERING IOF STARTING NOW, THE FRAUNHOFER INSTITUTE OFFERS YOU AN EXCITING JOB OPPORTUNITY AS A:
RESEARCH FELLOW (F/M/D) FOR SATELLITE & FIBER-BASED QKD SYSTEMS
The Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena conducts applied optics research on behalf of industry and as part of publicly funded research projects. The range of services includes system solutions, starting with new design concepts, through technology development, manufacturing and measurement methods to the construction of prototypes and pilot series for applications. Fraunhofer IOF is also pioneering applied quantum technology, providing innovative solutions in science and industry wherever quantum optical phenomena may lead to revolutionary applications.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to join our „Quantum Communication Technologies“ team to work on the development of quantum key distribution (QKD) systems and their deployment and operation in real telecommunication infrastructure, in particular:
QKD demonstrations in deployed fiber networks
Development of components for high-bandwidth QKD in short-range wireless data communications networks
Development of a decoy state quantum key distribution system to be integrated into a satellite payload
Photonics is a sophisticated quantum technology that combines a range of skills ranging from optical engineering to applications in quantum communication and sensing. Fraunhofer IOF provides access to the entire photonics process chain from basic research in nonlinear optics and integrated photonics and ultrafast electro-optic modulation to optical engineering and micro-assembly technologies. This integration into the research site and ongoing international research collaborations will shorten development paths and provide more time for practical implementations.
Successful candidates will thus have research opportunities in quantum information science, technology development, applied photonics, and industry.
What we expect from you
With a completed degree in Physics, Laser Technology, Electronics, Engineering, Computer Science or a similar program, applicants should have a proven track record in quantum technology research and be enthusiastic to take on project responsibility in a multi-disciplinary team with partners in academia and industry.
Prior research experience in at least one of the following fields is required:
Implementation of QKD protocols (discrete and/or continuous variable)
Experimental quantum communication in fiber networks and/or free-space links
Development of QKD hardware, in particular decoy state QKD systems
Additionally, expert knowledge of any of the following is highly beneficial:
Quantum random number generation
Photonic integration and electro-optic modulation
Gbit optical communication systems
Timetagging single-photon detection events
What you can expect from us
Personal and professional development opportunities in challenging and practical R&D projects
Networking with first-class industrial partners
Opportunity to participate in conferences, trade fairs and seminars
Working in a collegial, open-minded team in a modern, well-equipped working environment
Flexible working hours and a family-friendly workplace
Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits base on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD). Additionally, Fraunhofer may grant performance-based variable remuneration components.
The working time consists of 39 hours per week.
The position is initially limited to 3 years.
This vacancy is also available on a part-time basis.
In case of identical qualifications, preference will be given to severely disabled candidates. We would like to point out that the chosen job title also includes the third gender. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft emphasizes gender-independent professional equality.
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