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High-frequency microwave engineering for quantum sensing applications

Technical University of Munich

In recent years, defects in diamonds have been shown to act as atomic-sized sensors for nanoscale nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments. Here, this innovative quantum technology will be further developed for real-world applications in chemistry, material and life sciences. The project will be highly interdisciplinary at the unique interface between quantum technology and chemistry. The research position is situated in the Chemistry Department (physical chemistry) at the Technischen Universität München and is funded by the European Union. More information can be found on
Description of the work
Current microscale NV-NMR experiments typically work at low magnetic fields (< 0.1T) which limits their application due to a lack of chemical specificity. In this Postdoc position, a new NV-NMR setup with an increased spectral resolution at higher magnetic fields (0.5-1.5 T) will be developed. Thus, microwave pulses at high power and frequencies (10-40 GHz) will be generated, and a suitable resonator will be designed. The application of this new technique will be in biology and material sciences.
Prospective candidates should have a Masters/PhD degree in electrical engineering, physics, spectroscopy, or related field, interested in technology development and have extensive hands-on experience in high-frequency microwave engineering. While not required, experience in one or more of the following topics are advantageous:
NV-quantum sensing / NMR / EPR spectroscopy
For further information, please contact the project leader, Dr. Dominik Bucher ( The group offers an interesting and challenging position within a young, international and interdisciplinary team located at the Garching Campus of the TU München. The position is paid according to the Civil Service rates of the German States “TV-L”, E13 (if suitably qualified). The contract is for a two/three-year period.

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Applications should include: • a motivational statement (at most one page) explaining the applicant's interest in the position as well as their relevant skills and experience • CV • copies of degrees/university transcripts, names and email address of at least one professors that may provide letters of recommendation. Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to Please indicate “Position TUM” in the subject line.

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Published on September 24, 2020

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