FRAUNHOFER INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED OPTICS AND PRECISION ENGINEERING IOF
STARTING NOW, THE FRAUNHOFER INSTITUTE OFFERS YOU AN EXCITING JOB OPPORTUNITY AS A:
RESEARCHER* EXPERIMENTAL QUANTUM OPTICS AND QUANTUM INFORMATION PROCESSING
Fraunhofer is Europe's largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people's needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people's lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) in Jena conducts applied research in optical system technology on behalf of the industry and as part of publicly funded joint projects. The range of services offered by the Fraunhofer IOF includes system solutions – from new design concepts and the development of technologies, manufacturing and measuring methods, to the construction of prototypes and pilot series for applications in the wavelength range from millimeter to nanometer.
The Fraunhofer IOF is also pioneering applied optical quantum technology research and offers innovative solutions for science and industry wherever quantum systems have the potential for revolutionary applications.
For the Department of Emerging Technologies we are seeking highly motivated Postdoc candidates to join the »Quantum Communication Technologies« group. Research in the group focuses on applied quantum technologies – from methods for generating, manipulating, processing, and transmitting quantum states of light, to system-level applications in high-dimensional quantum communication and remote quantum sensing. Our goal is to transfer quantum technologies from the laboratory to practical applications in fiber networks and long-distance satellite links.
We are seeking a researcher* with a strong background in experimental quantum physics to support our team in research projects related to:
Continuous-variable quantum optics and quantum sensing
High-dimensional quantum information processing and multi-partite quantum networks
Space-suitable hardware for satellite-based quantum communication and ranging
Your field of work includes the following activities:
Application-oriented research in quantum communication and remote sensing
Feasibility studies of quantum protocols in presence of noise and attenuation
Coordination and supervision of experimental field trials in free-space links and fiber networks
Support in the design and manufacturing of field-ready quantum hardware
Definition and acquisiton of collaborative research projects
Your convincing profile
With a PhD (or equivalent) in Physics, Photonics, Laser Technology or a closely related field, applicants* should have a proven track record in quantum technology research, preferably experimental quantum optics, quantum sensing or quantum information processing and quantum communication.
Successful candidates* will be enthusiastic to take project responsibiltiy in a multi-disciplinary team with collaborators from local research groups as well as international partners in academia and industry. Applicants* must have excellent communication skills, the ability to keep clear records, to work independently and to coordinate collaborative research activities and field demonstrations. An ability to prepare scientific publications and proposals, and to present results at local, national and international research meetings and trade shows is expected.
Expert knowledge of experimental techniques in any of the following fields:
Continous-variable quantum optics and quantum information
High-dimensional quantum communication and multi-photon interference
Quantum key distribution in fiber networks and/or free-space links
Squeezed light, entangled photon and single-photon generation
Additionally, familiarity with the following technologies is highly beneficial:
Integrated quantum photonics
Waveshaping and electro-optic modulation
Structured light and spatial light modulation
Optical parametric oscillators, frequency combs
Ideally, you have sound programming and/or scientific computing skills, e.g. in Python. Also German skills are an advantage.
What to expect
Personal and professional development opportunities in challenging and practical R&D projects
Networking with first-class industrial partners and research groups
Cooperation in a collegial, open-minded team in a well-equipped work environment
Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD).
The position is initially limited to 2 years.
The working time consists of 39 hours per week.
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.