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PhD position w/m/d at Institute of Applied Physics

Reg. Nr. 359/2019

Fristende: 15.12.2019

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena connects: People and ideas, science and business, universities and non-university research. Rooted in the heart of Germany and linked to the whole world, it shapes Jena's character as a future-oriented and cosmopolitan city.

The Institute for Applied Physics of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy seeks to fill a position as

PhD position w/m/d

in the subject area of

Highspeed single-photon sources in 2D materials

Job description:

Two-dimensional materials are currently a hot topic in science as they exhibit many unique properties. They promise to benefit diverse applications, ranging from electronics, optoelectronics, biomedicine, sensing and many more. Recently, it was discovered that defects in 2D materials can host stable quantum emitters. For wide-band gap materials such as hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), the defect states are well-isolated from the band edges, allowing for high quantum efficiencies and operation at room temperature. The single-photon sources based on hBN have diverse applications, our research focus is on satellite-based quantum communication and quantum cryptography. So far, the quantum emitters have been excited optically, increasing the size and complexity of the single-photon source. In this PhD project, the candidate will investigate methods to electro-optically pump the emitters, their deterministic creation in 2D materials, and their integration in microresonaters and nanoplasmonic systems.

Your tasks:

  • Fabrication of room temperature quantum emitters and nano-assembly of heterostructures
  • Operation of optical characterization setups (TRPL and PRPL, HBT)
  • Development and characterization of electro-optical and plasmonic pump schemes
  • Emitter integration with resonant structures
  • Simulations of devices / structures using FDTD and comparable methods
  • Publishing / presenting results in scientific journals and conferences

Your qualifications:

  • An above average master's degree in physics, photonics, nanoscience, or a related discipline
  • Experience with the operation of optical setups and / or nanofabrication and analysis techniques and / or operation of electrical characterization setups
  • Background knowledge in quantum optics and solid-state physics and / or 2D materials
  • Background knowledge in quantum optics and solid-state physics and / or 2D materials
  • Experience with numerical optics and photonics software (e.g. Lumerical) is a plus
  • Genuine interest in planning, executing and analyzing experiments and simulations
  • Excellent Communication skills in written and spoken English (German is a plus)

We offer:

  • an exciting field of activity with creative leeway
  • multidisciplinary research environment
  • attractive fringe benefits, e.g. Capital Assets, Job Ticket (benefits for public transport), occupational pensions (VBL)
  • salary in accordance with the terms of the collective agreement for the public service of the Länder (TV-L) in accordance with personal qualifications up to E 13
  • university health promotion and a family-friendly working environment with flexible working hours

Selected candidates will receive a three year part-time (75%) position according to the German public service salary scale.

Severely handicapped people are given preference in case of equal qualifications, aptitude and professional qualifications.

Please send your application by email with the usual documents (CV, Letter of motivation, references, list of publications, etc.) mentioning the registration number until 05.12.2019 with the Reg.-Nr. 359/2019 to 

Dr. Falk Eilenberger

Institute of Applied Physics

 Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Albert-Einstein-Straße 15, 07745 Jena, Germany

Phone:  +49 3641 9-47990

Questions regarding the position can be addressed to the same address.

 In the case of an application by letter we ask you to submit your documents only as copies, as those are properly destroyed after the application process. Please also note our application hints at:

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Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institute of Applied Physics
Albert-Einstein-Straße 15
07743 - Jena


Dr. Falk Eilenberger
Telefon: +49 3641 9-47990


Ausschreibung vom: 20.11.2019
Bewerbungsende: 15.12.2019
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