Funded doctoral positions in atomic, molecular, quantum and optical physics

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Funded doctoral positions in atomic, molecular, quantum and optical physics
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Doctoral (PhD) positions in atomic, molecular, quantum and optical physics
are available in the group of Dr. Nathalie Picqué
at the Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching near Munich (Germany). 2022.

Our group studies the interaction between light and matter. Our research covers various areas of optics. Topics include precision spectroscopy, 3D imaging, laser frequency combs, quantum physics, molecular spectroscopy and ultrafast optics.

We are starting exciting projects in the fields of:
a) Precision spectroscopy of small molecules for tests of fundamental physics
b) Digital holography, 3D imaging and dimensional metrology
c) Quantum-enhanced interferometry with frequency combs
d) Frequency combs and frequency-comb spectrometers on a chip

We have several openings for doctoral (PhD) students to join our group in 2022.
Funding (including salaries of the students for the entire duration of their thesis work) is secured.

In our group, we conceive new techniques of atomic and molecular spectroscopy using optical frequency combs. We explore new concepts of three-dimensional imaging and dimensional metrology. We harness new approaches to quantum interferometry to gain insight on microscopic samples down to single molecules and nano-particles. We develop novel frequency comb sources using state-of-the-art photonics and laser tools. We perform a variety of experiments in molecular physics with applications that range from precision spectroscopy of small molecules in the gas-phase to biosciences. We analyze our experimental spectra to gain insight on atomic and molecular structure and dynamics. All experiments are table-top and may be operated by one person or a very small team.

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Typical applicants will have a strong background in physics, with previous training in atomic, molecular and optical physics. They must hold a Master’s degree (or a degree that is equivalent in level) when starting their doctoral thesis. The projects are primarily experimental, and first experience in research areas involving ultrafast/nonlinear/quantum optics or precision spectroscopy would be an advantage. Applicants need to be proficient in spoken and written English. All projects are challenging and require a large engagement. The candidates should be self-driven and have the ability to work as a part of an international research group. The main requirement is a passion for challenging experiments and for precision measurements, as well as motivation for exploring new frontiers of fundamental physics.

For these positions for doctoral theses, starting dates anytime in 2022 are possible. It is possible to perform a master thesis/internship in our group before starting a doctoral thesis. There are no citizenship/residence requirements for these positions. We recommend inquiring as early as possible.

We offer stimulating working conditions in a small and creative research group. Our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation. The Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics provides a world-class scientific environment with outstanding scientists and visiting scholars. Part of our work is performed in collaboration with research groups, who are amongst the leaders in their field.

Inquiries and applications should be addressed to Nathalie Picqué ( and should contain a curriculum vitae, a list of publications (if applicable), a short motivation letter, transcripts of undergraduate and graduate grades and the contact details of at least 2 scientists who are able to provide a recommendation letter. Even for pre-application inquiries, we strongly encourage potential applicants to always send a full application file, as this helps answering the questions by the candidates.

Dr. Nathalie Picqué
Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics
Hans-Kopfermann-Str. 1,
D-85748 Garching, Germany


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