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. The QUEST Institute for Experimental Quantum Metrology is a joint institution of Leibniz Universität Hannover and PTB Braunschweig.
At the Quantum Logic Spectroscopy Group of the QUEST Institute we are looking for a
in experimental physics in the field of optical clocks
to join us as soon as possible. The post is initially limited to 2 years, an extension of the contract up to 6 years is possible. You will be given the opportunity to develop your own research profile and to obtain your habilitation at Leibniz Universität Hannover. The salary will be paid in accordance with remuneration group 13 TVöD Bund. You will be employed at our Braunschweig site.
The research within the Quantum Logic Spectroscopy Group revolves around precision spectroscopy of trapped and laser-cooled atomic and molecular ions. For this purpose, we develop novel technologies for the coherent manipulation of single ions and their spectroscopy.
Area of activity:
We develop optical clocks based on singly-charged aluminium and calcium atoms. Through the development of special cooling techniques and by employing correlations between several ions within the scope of SFBs 1227 (DQ-mat) a relative uncertainty of 10-18 and below shall be achieved. These high-precision clocks will be used for tests in fundamental physics, such as a possible variation of fundamental constants, and for relativistic geodesy. The aim is to exploit frequency differences between distant clocks due to relativistic effects for the measurement of height differences. For this purpose, a transportable clock will be developed within the scope of SFBs 1128 (geo-Q).
We are part of an excellent research environment and have access to PTB's unique infrastructure. The group has excellent connections to other groups at a national and international level and is involved in several coordinated research projects.
- Set up, evaluation, and operation of two high-accuracy optical ion clocks
- Planning and conduction of measurement campaigns
- Implementation of concepts for highly stable references based on large ion crystals
- Mentoring of a team of several PhD candidates
- Participating in the further development of the project objectives and application of third-party funds
- You have completed your doctoral degree in physics
- You have sound knowledge of atomic physics and experience in the field of quantum optics, laser cooling, laser spectroscopy or related subjects
- You are interested in developing and realizing precision experiments
- You are highly committed, capable of working autonomously and you are willing to learn
- You have excellent communication skills and are a team player
- The research activity at the technology limit requires state-of-the-art knowledge
- The physical ability to work in a laboratory and to perform experiments outside the institute is required
Click here for more information of our institute
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 family and profession. Disabled persons will be given priority if they have the same occupational aptitude.
Are you interested?
Then we are looking forward to hearing from you. Please use our online application form or send us your application to the following postal address:
The closing date for applications is 13 April 2017.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications sent via e-mail.
For technical questions, please contact:
Prof. Dr. P. Schmidt, phone: +49 (0)531 592-4700, E-mail: Piet.Schmidt@quantummetrology.de