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The Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth (IKZ) is a leading research institution in the area of crystal growth of technologically important materials for micro-, opto- and power electronics, sensors, optics and laser technology. This ranges from explorative fundamental research to pre-industrial development. It is part of Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. and a member of the Leibniz Association. You may find more details at

Commencing, May 2018 there is a job opening in the Center for Laser-Materials (ZLM) at the IKZ

Post-doctoral researcher (m/f)

Growth and characterization of oxide laser materials

Job description:
The main tasks are the growth of rare-earth doped oxide laser materials by the Czochralski- and the optical floating zone method as well as the optical characterization of these crystalline materials.
This characterization includes spectroscopic analyses as well as the investigations on the laser characteristics of the grown materials. The labs of the Center for Laser Materials are currently set up, therefore we also expect participation in setting up new and improving existing growth and characterization facilities. Furthermore, the candidate will be involved in project acquisition.
The aim of the research performed in this position is the development of new and the optimization of the structural and optical quality of known laser materials for applications in novel laser systems in industry and research.

  • Studies of physics, photonics, chemistry or a related topic and a PhD in this field
  • Experience in the field of crystal growth, optical spectroscopy and laser characterization
  • Good knowledge of English language, basic knowledge of German language
  • Practical experience in hard- and software (Labview) required for electronic data acquisition
  • Hands-on mentality and goal-oriented, collaborative work style in a team of researchers and technicians.
The position is available from May 2018 and its duration is initially limited to two years. Payment is according to TVöD (collective labour agreement for German public service). IKZ is an equal opportunity employer. Therefore, female candidates are encouraged to apply and will be preferred in case of adequate qualification. Among equally qualified applicants, preference will be given to disabled candidates.
For information about the project contact:
Dr. Christian Kränkel,,
Tel.: +49-(0)30 6392 3019

We await your informative application with reference to the job number 01/18, including the usual documents, by March 1st, 2018. Please send them to Mrs. Ruthenberg:

Closing date: 01.03.2018
Closing date: 1 March 2018 Published on on date 11 January 2018
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