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.

Please follow the instructions by the most recent calls. Moreover, unsolicited applications can be submitted at any time via our Online Application System.

1 PhD position on "Nonlinear spectroscopy in the optical near field" (published February 2019)

Near-field optics and nonlinear spectroscopy are combined for to study nanoscale material and structural properties. For this project, a PhD position can be filled in our group as of April 1, 2019. Requirements: Master's or diploma degree in chemistry, physics. Experimental experience in the field of nonlinear laser spcroscopy is an advantage. Further details and the official announcement can be found here.

1 PhD position on "Nanocharacterization of biomaterials" (published February 2019)

Raman spectroscopy and scanning probe methods are combined ("TERS microscopy") for the molecular characterization of protein or DNA-based biological systems, even down to individual building blocks such as single amino acids or nucleobases. In addition to this structural elucidation, a systematic development of biocompatible sample preparation is a major target. For this project, a PhD student position is to be filled from April 1, 2019. Requirements: Master's or diploma degree in (bio)chemistry or physics. Experience with chemical/bio-chemical working methods or spectroscopic methods is an advantage. Further details and the official announcement can be found here.

1 PhD position on "Electronic structure and strong-field calculations for atoms and ions (published January 2019)

The Relativistic Quantum Dynamics Group of Prof. Stephan Fritzsche at the Institute of Theoretical Physics is offering a PhD position under the topic mentioned in the header. For more details, please review the position announcemnet and contact directly.

1 PhD position 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.

1 PhD and 1 Postdoc position 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 position 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 position 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.

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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.