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Scientist with a doctorate (PhD) for the development of the Optical Quantum Technologies user platform (21-252-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:
scientist with a doctorate (PhD) for the development of
the Optical Quantum Technologies user platform
up to Remuneration Group 14 TVöD Bund / A14 BBesO
full-time (39 hours/week) ○ permanent contract
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.
Your tasks:
You make your own research contributions and act as a link between the QTZ and external partners from industry as well as colleagues within PTB. Together with the QTZ team, you will leverage synergies beyond the limits of individual user platforms.
Your tasks will focus on the following aspects:
Developing the QTZ user platform in your role as the scientist in charge and contact person for industry
Doing autonomous research, integrated into PTB’s activities, in particular in the activities of Department 4.3, Quantum Optics and Unit of Length, and Department 4.5, Applied Radiometry
o Measuring and characterizing ultrastable optical frequencies
o Setting up, supervising and enhancing measurement setups for optical fiber links
o Measuring thermal expansion coefficients
o Metrologically characterizing passive and active components and detectors used in quantum communications and quantum key distribution
Presenting and publishing the scientific results
Raising third-party funds and ensuring the technical mentoring of doctoral candidates
Cooperating with external partners in developing robust and user-friendly QT components
Establishing services in the fields of calibration, characterization and independent qualification of QT components in cooperation with external partners, in particular partners from industry
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) and obtained a doctorate in physics, electrical engineering or a comparable area with at least the grade good.
You have the capacity to take on leadership or management tasks at a later point in time, which must be verified in an assessment center.
You have experience in the fields of optics, fiber optics and laser physics.
Ideally, you are familiar with control or communications engineering, quantum communication or single-photon metrology.
You have experimental and practical skills in optical metrology as well as data acquisition and evaluation.
You are a team player with excellent communication skills.
You are able to perform scientific work autonomously.
You are highly committed, well-organized and willing to continuously improve your skills.
You have a very good command of both spoken and written German and English.
You are willing to travel within Germany and abroad within the scope of your assignment.
You are physically fit to work in a laser laboratory.
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:
Dr. N. Spethmann, phone: +49 531 592-2009, e-mail: nicolas.spethmann(at) or
Dr. H. Schnatz, phone: +49 531 592-4300, e-mail: harald.schnatz(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 21-252-P Bundesallee 100 38116 Braunschweig Germany Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications sent via e-mail. Applications can be submitted from 9 March 2021 until 12 April 2021.

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Published on March 26, 2021

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