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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.


Unsolicited applications can be submitted at any time via our Online Application System - every single, completed application will be considered very carefully. In addition, there is always a pool of specific positions and open calls - see below.



2 PhD Scholarships in Photonics from the DAAD-GSSP program (application deadline 5 January 2020)

There are ten different research proposals available for the scholarships. Please have a close look at the details here.

1 PhD position on "Highspeed single photon sources in 2D materials" (published November 2019)

The Eilenberger Group at the Institute of Applied Phyiscs is offering a PhD position under the topic mentioned in the header. For more details, please review the original position announcement and contact directly.

More than 5 doctoral researcher (PhD) positions within the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1375 "NOA - Nonlinear Optics on Atomic scales" (updated November 2019)

The recently installed and DFG-funded CRC 1375 NOA will focus on exploring fundamental nonlinear processes of light matter interaction in low-dimensional nanostructures, such as atomically thin layers, nanoparticles and -wires, nanostructured surfaces and molecular assemblies. The CRC team further wants to explore quantum phenomena as light-induced tunneling of electrons through metallic nanogaps and field-driven carrier acceleration in plasmonic nanostructures, atomic lattices and 2D-materials and construct new subwavelength-scale materials with tailored high nonlinearity for optical switching and frequency conversion by stacking atomically thin amorphous or crystalline films and employing deep subwavelength field enhancement utilizing nanostructures. NOA is still open for unsolicited applications from highly motivated students concerning doctoral researcher (PhD) positions, to start as early as possible. For further details, please review The still-open positions are detailed at

1 Postdoc position at the Institute of Solid State Physics on Characterization of Thin-Film Solar Cells by Electron-Microscopy" (published October 2019)

The Solid State Physics Group of Prof. Carsten Ronning at the Institute of Solid State Physics is offering a postdoc to start as soon as possible. For more details, please review the original position announcent or contact directly.

1 PhD position on "Electronic structure and strong-field calculations for atoms and ions" (updated September 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 announcement and contact directly.

2 doctoral researcher (PhD) positions at the Institute of Solid State Physics on "Ion beam processing of modern materials" and "Semiconductor nanowire photonics" (updated September 2019)

The Solid State Physics Group of Prof. Carsten Ronning at the Institute of Solid State Physics is offering two PhD positions under the above mentioned topics. For more details, please review the position announcents concerning Ion beam processing and Semiconductor nanowire photonics or contact directly.

1 doctoral researcher position in integrated quantum optics with our partners at the INRS in Montréal, Canada (published August 2019)

The position  will be in the group of Prof. Roberto Morandotti at the Institut National de la recherche scientifique in Montreal Canada. The topic "Design and implementation of high-dimensional quantum gates for all-optical quantum information processing" will be supervised by former ASP member Dr. Mario Chemnitz. Find more details here.

2 researcher (PhD or postdoc) positions in the frame of the ERC Advanced Grant "SALT" in laser physics (published August 2019)

The positions  will be in the group of Prof. Jens Limpert at the Insitute of Applied Physics on "Performance Scaling of Ultrafast Thulium-doped fiber lasers" and "Frequency conversion of long-wavelength ultrafst lasers". Application deadline is August 31, 2019. Find more details here.

1 Junior Research Group Leader & 2 doctoral researcher positions on the development of new concepts for catalytic processes (published June 2019)

The positions are available in the Ultrafast Optics group of Prof. Stefan Nolte at the Institue of Applied Physics. Application deadline is July 12, 2019. Find more details here.

German job market

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.


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