PhD positions

Open Positions

The advertised position will deal with high precision spectroscopy of one of the following systems:

Aluminium - Calcium quantum logic clock for high frequency accuracy

  • Continued development with focus on automation and frequency comparison with other clocks

Calcium multi-ion clock for novel interrogation schemes

  • Investigation of multi-ion clock properties
  • Development of entanglement enhanced interrogation schemes


The post is initially limited to three years; an extension of the contract is possible. You will be employed at our
Braunschweig site. The remuneration will be paid in accordance with remuneration group 13 TVöD Bund (85 %).

We offer:

  • An excellent research environment (DQ-mat CRC 1227, Excellence Cluster 2123) with access to PTB's unique infrastructure
  • Possibility to present scientific results at international conferences
  • We encourage research stays abroad with our international collaborators

Your profile:

  • You have obtained an excellent university degree in physics
  • You are interested in developing and realising precision experiments
  • You are highly committed and capable of working both autonomously and together as part of a team, and you are willing to improve your skills
  • You are a team player and have good communication skills
  • Sound knowledge of atomic physics and experience in the field of quantum optics, laser cooling, laser
    spectroscopy or related subjects is advantageous
  • You have the physical ability to work in a laboratory and to perform experiments outside the institute

Flyer

If you are interested, please contact Prof. Dr. Piet O. Schmidt

Highly charged ions (HCIs) are ubiquitous in the observable universe and have many advantageous properties for fundamental physics tests and use as next-generation optical clocks. Building on our recent breakthrough in the clock-like laser spectroscopy of highly charged ions with a precision jump of nine orders of magnitude, the following tasks will be pursued:

 

  • Participating in the ERC project titled ‘FunClocks’ and in other international cooperation projects
  • Setting up an electron beam ion trap (EBIT) with an integrated optical resonator to investigate Doppler-free spectroscopy of HCIs in close cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPIK), Heidelberg
  • Participating in developing quantum logic search techniques to enable the rapid identification of narrow optical transitions in HCIs
  • Performing optical frequency measurements at the technological limit
  • Developing optical clocks based on HCIs with an uncertainty of 10‑18
  • Presenting the scientific results at international conferences

 

Your profile:

  • You have completed your university studies (master’s degree or German Diplom) in physics or a comparable field with a very good degree.
  • You are interested in developing and performing high-precision experiments.
  • You are highly committed and capable of working autonomously.
  • You are a strong team player with excellent communication skills.
  • You have a very good command of spoken and written English.
  • A good knowledge of atomic physics, quantum optics, laser cooling, laser spectroscopy, or related fields would be an advantage.
  • You are willing to travel within Germany and abroad within the scope of your assignment.
  • You must have the physical ability to work in a laboratory and perform experiments at external sites.

 

We offer:

  • A position at one of the world’s leading research institutions which has an excellent infrastructure
  • Excellent national and international connections
  • Intensive PhD supervision in an interdisciplinary team as well as practical training in modern experimental technologies of laser and quantum physics and frequency metrology
  • Research leave abroad via our wide-ranging network
  • Remuneration in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement for the public service (Tarifvertrag öffentlicher Dienst Bund – TVöD for the federal level)
  • Good transport connections (bus and bike); free parking
  • In-house daycare center and canteen

 

The post is initially limited to three years; an extension of the contract is possible. You will be employed at our Braunschweig site.

 

Project Website

Flyer

For more information, please contact Prof. Dr. Piet O. Schmidt

In the Quantum Logic Spectroscopy research group, we work on precision spectroscopy of trapped and laser-cooled atomic ions. To this end, we develop quantum computer-inspired techniques for the coherent manipulation of ions and their spectroscopy for applications such as high-precision optical atomic clocks.

Your tasks will include:

  •  Enhancing the Ca+-based multi-ion experiment to attain uncertainty values so far unequalled
  • Implementing and evaluating multi-ion manipulation and cooling techniques
  • Developing and implementing quantum algorithms for ion entanglement to improve the statistical uncertainty
  • Enhancing dynamic decoupling algorithms to suppress environmental effects
  • Developing methods for correlated clock retrieval in close collaboration with the Al+ quantum logic clock
  • Presenting the scientific results at international conferences
  • Participating in international projects such as the TSCAC EU project and the DQ-mat Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 

Project website

We offer:

  • A position at one of the world’s leading research institutions which has an excellent infrastructure
  • Excellent national and international connections
  • Intensive PhD supervision in an interdisciplinary team as well as practical training in modern experimental technologies of laser and quantum physics and frequency metrology
  • Research leave abroad via our wide-ranging network
  • Remuneration in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement for the public service (Tarifvertrag öffentlicher Dienst Bund – TVöD for the federal level)
  • Good transport connections (bus and bike); free parking
  • In-house daycare center and canteen

 

Your profile:

  • You have completed your university studies in physics (master’s degree/German Diplom) with a very good degree.
  • You are interested in developing and performing high-precision experiments.
  • You have a high level of commitment, an ability to work independently, and a willingness to learn.
  • You are a strong team player with excellent communication skills.
  • You have a very good command of spoken and written English.
  • Having a good knowledge of atomic physics, quantum optics, laser cooling, laser spectroscopy, or related fields is an advantage.
  • You are willing to travel within Germany and abroad within the scope of your assignment.
  • You must have the physical ability to work in a laboratory and perform experiments at external sites.

 

If you are interested, please contact Prof. Dr. Piet O. Schmidt or Dr. N. Spethmann.

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.