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Scientist with a doctorate (PhD) for the development of the Superconducting Sensors user platform (21-251-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 Berlin site:
scientist with a doctorate (PhD) for the development of
the Superconducting Sensors user platform
up to Remuneration Group 14 TVöD Bund / A14 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 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 7.6, Cryosensors, and Department 8.2, Biosignals
o Designing and characterizing superconducting quantum sensors, in particular dc SQUID sensors, for precision measurements in the low-temperature range (<= 4.2 K) and biosignals
o Investigating new fields of use and application
o Developing new SQUID circuit concepts for specific applications, in particular for low-field experimental environments and extremely sensitive quantum detectors
o Coordinating PTB's internal cooperation on SQUID microfabrication and on SQUID applications
Presenting and publishing the scientific results
Raising third-party funds and ensuring the technical mentoring of doctoral candidates
Ensuring technology transfer to business partners in the fields of superconducting quantum sensors and customized mK cryogenic machines
Cooperating with external partners for services and for the characterization and independent qualification of QT components
Cooperating with external partners in developing and characterizing as well as independently qualifying robust and user-friendly QT components
Developing service offers 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 physics, electrical engineering or a comparable area with at least the grade good, and you have completed a doctorate.
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 knowledge and practical experience in low-temperature physics, electrodynamics, SQUID measuring techniques, electrical metrology and signal processing as well as cryogenic technologies.
You are interested in developing complex quantum sensor measuring systems and the related applications.
You have experimental and analytical skills.
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.
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
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),
Dr. J. Beyer, phone: +49 30 3481-7379, e-mail: joern.beyer(at) or
Dr. R. Körber, phone: +49 30 3481-7576, e-mail: rainer.koerber(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 Institut Berlin Reference number 21-251-P Abbestraße 2-12 10587 Berlin 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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