Open positions

The Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP) and the Abbe School of Photonics (ASP) permanently offer excellent opportunities to achieve academic careers at every degree (Bachelor's, Master's and doctoral degrees). At times, open positions for doctoral studies will be advertized here. ASP offers strong support to acquire postgraduate funding. In addition, a number of open research and teaching positions will be filled following the selection of appropriate candidates.

If you are interested, please apply via our Online Application System or follow the specific instructions given in the recent calls:

1 PhD in Attosecond Laser Physics (published November 2018)

The Attosecond Laser Physics Group (Jun-Prof. Dr. Pfeiffer) at the Institute of Optics and Quantum Electronics aims at an understanding of the physics on the natural electronic timescale through experimental attosecond spectroscopy and invites applications for a position as PhD Student on the topic Attosecond transient absorption with miniature beamlines.

W1/W2 professorship (tenured) of Digitalized Experimental Microscopy (published November 2018)

The research area is intended to involve the development of novel data analysis methods for an improved acquisition of microscopy data. Specifically, the experimental setup, optical design and protocol of microscopy experiments shall be optimized using dedicated data analysis approaches, which will especially advance the use of the microscopes for life science research. The focus lies on optical microscopy and photonics, but may also involve other microscopy techniques such as X-ray or electron microscopy.

For more details, please refer to the official announcement here or the German version here or contact

Your application should include the standard documents (curriculum vitae outlining past research and scientific work, copies of certificates, full bibliographic details of publication, list of teaching activities, concept for the planned research activities at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, and a list of third-party funding) and the filled application form (link: The closing date for applications is January 31, 2019.

10+ PhD positions at the Abbe School of Photonics (published November 2018)

The Abbe School of Photonics is recruiting the most talented junior scientists to join our faculty’s research groups for their PhD projects. More than 10 PhD positions are available currently. Depending on the project the positions will be either funded by third-party funds like the German Research Foundation (DFG) or via the GSSP- Graduate School Scholarship Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Application deadline December 31, 2018.

30+ PhD positions at the Max Planck School of Photonics (published November 2018)

The Max Planck School of Photonics offers a unique PhD program for excellent students, which supports the qualification for a career in the field of photonics ranging from fundamental to applied research at seven locations in Germany. Applicants with a qualifying Master's degree can directly start their PhD research with one of the outstanding Fellows. For details, please visit Application deadline December 15, 2018.

1 PhD and 1 Postdoc at the Diamond Laser Group in Sydney (published November 2018)

Our current ASP guest professor Richard Mildren is enlarging his group at the Macquarie Photonics Research centre in Sydney, Australia. The postdoc position is aimed to start in the 1st quarter of 2019, and full PhD scholarships are available for start in January 2020. Cotutelles are welcome to apply at any time. For details, see the full position announcement and feel free to contact Richard Mildren directly. He is available in Jena at least until the end of 2018.

1 PhD on Multispectral XUV Imaging (published September 2018)

The group of Prof. Jens Limpert at the Institute of Applied Physics is looking for a PhD student. The position is available immediatly. Application deadline October 15, 2018.

1 PhD on Fiber lasers (published September 2018)

The group of Prof. Jens Limpert at the Institute of Applied Physics is looking for a PhD student working on Average Power Scaling of Fiber Laser Systems. The position is available immediatly. Application deadline November 30, 2018.

German job market

Open positions in Thuringia and Germany

General advice

Online job fairs

Many companies have established their own online application systems in order to assure confidentiality and to make sure that application documents reach the prospective employer directly. If you are unsure as to how to use a German online application system, going for self-initiated applications may be a valuable alternative. If you need assistance, ASP's coordinators will be happy to assist you.