Experimental laser setup.

Open positions

ASP is permanently offering open PhD and postdoctoral positions. In addition, you can spontaneously apply at every single research group at any time.
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Apply for our program – online and at any time

Laser spectroscopy setup. Laser spectroscopy setup. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

The Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP) and the Abbe School of Photonics (ASP) offer excellent opportunities to achieve academic careers at th Master's and doctoral level. ASP also offers support to acquire postgraduate funding. In addition, a number of appropriate candidates will be selected to fill open research and teaching positions.

We warmly welcome applications from international students. Beside the topics given below, feel free to assess the research portfolio of all our researchers at www.acp.uni-jena.de/people. All applications will be considered, provided they meet the requirements of the project and the respective position. Applications can be submitted at any time via our Online Application System – every single, completed application will be taken into consideration. A pool of specific positions and open calls is always available - see below.

If you want to publish an open position on this website, please refer to anna.spaethe@uni-jena.de.

4 PhD positions  on Fiber Optics (published October 2021)

Photonics laboratory. Photonics laboratory. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Prof. Markus A. Schmidt, Professor of Fiber Optics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena and Head of the Fiber Photonics Department at the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies (IPHT), is currently looking for PhD students for several projects.

His research focuses on photonics in combination with microstructured waveguides with applications in areas such as nano- and biophotonics, plasmonics or nonlinear optics. In his team about 15 people (permanent scientists, postdocs, PhD students, masters) from different countries work on both experimental and theoretical aspects of the light-matter interaction.

For more details on the open projects, please check the project descriptions [pdf, 2 mb] de

For further information please contact markus.schmidt@ipht-jena.de directly.

PhD position on "Photonics Data Science" (published September 2021)

Bacteria culture under red light Bacteria culture under red light Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)

The Institute of Physical Chemistry & the Leibniz Center for Photonics in Infection Research (LPI) are searching for a doctoral researcher. The LPI in Jena is an open user center where photonic solutions for diagnostics, monitoring and experimental therapy in infections are researched and developed into functional solutions with industry.

The doctoral researcher is planned to research at the LPI on methods for extracting biomedical information from photonic data. Application deadline is October 17. For more details, please review the position announcement. 

For further information please contact thomas.bocklitz@uni-jena.de directly.

Technical position (TV-L10) at the Quantum Hub Thuringia (published September 2021)

Photo-emission electron microscopy lab. Photo-emission electron microscopy lab. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Quantum technologies are on the rise! We are currently looking for a technician supporting all ongoing experiments, facilities and technology chains within our Quantum Hub Thuringia. An applicant's qualification profile should imply:

  • Completed (technical) university degree (diploma / bachelor) in the field of physical engineering, electrical engineering, optical technologies or another natural or technical science or equivalent skills and experience
  • Solid English skills as well as communication and teamwork skills
  • Willingness for cross-location mobility for Jena, Erfurt and Ilmenau 

Applications are primarily considered until October 10, 2021. For all details, please review the full position announcement [pdf, 278 kb] de.

Scientific staff or postdoc in Biomedical Optics (published September 2021)

Optics laser laboratory. Optics laser laboratory. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

As part of a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), an innovative femtosecond laser method for the prevention and treatment of ametropia and keratoconus is to be researched. Project partners are the Institute for Applied Physics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Hildesheim / Holzminden / Göttingen University (HAWK) and Göttingen University Medical Center (UMG).

Candidates with a master's degree or doctorate can apply until September 24, 2021: job posting [pdf, 221 kb] de

PhD & PostDoc Positions on Single Photon Sources for Ground- and Space-Based QKD-Systems​ (published August 2021)

ACP scientists Falk Eilenberger, Kim Lammers and Tobias Vogl (from left to right). ACP scientists Falk Eilenberger, Kim Lammers and Tobias Vogl (from left to right). Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

The Institute for Applied Physics of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy seeks to fill three positions as PhD student / Postdoctral Researcher
as soon as possible for projects around single photon sources and optical quantum technologies.Two-dimensional materials are currently a hot topic in science as they exhibit many unique properties. They promise to benefit diverse applications, ranging from electronics, optoelectronics, biomedicine, sensing and many more. Recently, it was discovered that defects in 2D materials can host stable quantum emitters, which emit single photons on demand. For wide-band gap materials such as hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), the defect states are well-isolated from the band edges, allowing for high quantum efficiencies and operation at room temperature. The single-photon sources based on hBN have diverse applications; our research focus is on quantum communication and quantum cryptography, both in satellite but also in ground-based networks.

The successful candidates will work on demonstrators and prototypes for communication systems in ground-based test-sites and in a CubeSat space mission in collaboration within an international research network. While there is a clear focus on quantum communication, we are also interested in quantum sensing and interferometry schemes, we shall demonstrate quantum advantage in various sensing problems of interest in fundamental science.

The open positions for this topic are offered in the junior research group "Photonics in 2D-Materials" of Dr. Falk Eilenberger and Dr. Tobias Vogl. The research is carried out in a well-equipped institute with state-of-the-art laboratories and takes place in a unique collaborative environment. The call will be open until all positions are filled. The full announcement and further contact information is given here. [pdf, 242 kb] de

PhD position on "Electronic structure and strong-field calculations for atoms and ions" at the Fritzsche research group (updated July 2021)

Working on problems together. Working on problems together. Image: Anna Schroll

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 announcement [pdf, 30 kb] and contact s.fritzsche@gsi.de directly.

Postdoc position for multimodal nano-spectroscopy at Deckert research group (published July 2021)

Nanophotonic molecular interaction. Nanophotonic molecular interaction. Graphic: Leibniz IPHT

The Institute of Physical Chemistry within the LPI seeks to fill the position of a Postdoc for multimodal nano-spectroscopy commencing at the earliest possible date. The "Leibniz Center for Photonics in Infection Research" (LPI) in Jena is an open user center where photonic solutions for diagnostics, monitoring and experimental therapy in infections are researched and developed into functional solutions with industry. The LPI was jointly applied for by the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies Jena e.V. (Leibniz-IPHT), the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute (Leibniz-HKI) as well as the University Hospital Jena and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena under the patronage of the Leibniz Association. The Postdoc for multimodal nano-spectroscopy researches methods that enable to investigate the direct interaction of pathogens with cell membranes and is central to the fundamental research for novel molecular diagnostics at the LPI. The responsibilities will include

  • Setting up and maintaining a multimodal nanoscopy (near-field) system combining vibrational spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy
  • Investigation of nanoscale structural changes (via infrared, Raman spectroscopy) of pathogens at a single particle level
  • Construction and adaption of bio-compatible sample stages compatible with other diagnostic systems at the LPI

The details of the postdoc announcement is given here. [pdf, 216 kb] de For more information, please contact volker.deckert@uni-jena.de directly.

German job market

Abbe School of Photonics Career Day and Counseling. Abbe School of Photonics Career Day and Counseling. Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

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

Open positions in Jena

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