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Engineer for the development of the Ion Trap Development and Manufacturing user platform (21-249-P)

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt

The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) is the National Metrology Institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with scientific and technical service tasks. It furthers progress and reliability in metrology for society, the economy and science.
With a starting date as soon as possible, the Quantum Technology Competence Center (QTZ) is looking for a candidate to fill the following position at PTB’s Braunschweig site:
engineer for the development of
the Ion Trap Development and Manufacturing user platform
up to Remuneration Group 12 TVöD Bund / A12 BBesO
full-time (39 hours/week) ○ permanent contract
Your tasks:
PTB conducts high-level research in essential fields of quantum technologies (QT). PTB’s Quantum Technology Competence Center (QTZ) which is currently being established supports the targeted transfer of quantum technologies (QT) to applications which have economic potential. The QTZ acts as a central contact for industry at the interface between scientific research and application-related development. Furthermore, it is intended to help German industry take optimal advantage of the outstanding metrological and expert competence of PTB. PTB’s sites in Berlin and Braunschweig are creating user platforms which serve as homes for the exchange of information and cooperation with industry.
You will support research in the field of ion trap development and manufacturing. Through cooperation with your colleagues within the QTZ team, you will leverage synergies beyond the limits of individual user platforms. Your tasks will focus on the following aspects:
Acting as the engineer and person in charge for industry
Developing and manufacturing micro ion traps with lithographic methods, coating technology, laser processing of materials, wet and dry etching procedures
Assembling prototype components from individual substrates
Developing and performing joining processes
Characterizing produced substrates microscopically among other things
Working on and further developing experiments for the characterization of the chips
Supervising and maintaining the cleanroom equipment
Instructing coworkers in the equipment and processes used
Cooperating with external partners in developing and characterizing as well as independently qualifying ion traps and ion trap components
Developing service offers and providing services such as calibration services in cooperation with external partners
Supporting standardization activities as well as knowledge transfer offers for partners from industry
Your profile:
You have completed your university studies (German Diplom or Master’s) in nanotechnologies, mechanical engineering, physics or a comparable subject.
You are familiar with the microfabrication methods that are relevant to ion traps.
You have an accurate and well-structured working style.
You have a high level of personal motivation and are willing to continuously improve your skills.
You are a team player with excellent communication skills.
You have a very good command of both spoken and written German as well as a good command of both spoken and written English.
You are physically fit to work in a cleanroom.
We offer:
Excellent national and international connections
A position at one of the world’s leading research institutions which has an excellent infrastructure
Remuneration in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement for the public service (Tarifvertrag öffentlicher Dienst Bund – TVöD for the federal level) including special annual payments and capital forming benefits
In-house daycare center and canteen
Various workplace health and wellness options
You will find further information related to this position at the QTZ Competence Center and by contacting:
Prof. Dr. C. Ospelkaus, phone: +49 531 592 4740, e-mail: christian.ospelkaus(at) or
Dr. N. Spethmann, phone: +49 531 592-2009, e-mail: nicolas.spethmann(at)
PTB promotes the professional equality of women and men and is thus especially interested in applications from women.
Within the scope of the official feasibilities, PTB offers flexible part-time work schemes in order to support in particular the compatibility of work and family life.
Disabled persons will be given priority if they have the same occupational aptitude.

How to apply

Please use our online application form Alternatively, you can post your application to us at the following address: Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Referat "Personal" Reference number 21-249-P Bundesallee 100 38116 Braunschweig Germany Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications sent via e-mail. Applications can be submitted from 10 March 2021 until 12 April 2021.

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Published on March 26, 2021

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