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Research Assistant (PhD, m/f/d) in the field of Experimental Physics

Research Assistant (PhD, m/f/d) in the field of Experimental Physics

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Research Assistant (PhD, m/f/d) in the field of Experimental Physics

(Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 75 %)

The groups “Guided Matter Wave Interferometry“ (Dr. Dennis Schlippert) and “Quantum Sensing“ (Prof. Dr. Ernst M. Rasel) at Institute of Quantum Optics invite applications for two positions of a Research Assistant (PhD, m/f/d) in the field of Experimental Physics (Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 75 %) starting as soon as possible. The positions are initially limited to 3 years.

Responsibilities and duties

The successful candidates will be responsible for independent work on one of the following research projects:

  • Collaborative research center “DQ-mat”, project B09 “Quantum Clock Interferometry”:
    The aim of this project is to investigate and experimentally realize atom interferometry using ultra-cold ytterbium atoms for precision measurements and tests of fundamental physics. The intended research is mainly focused on symmetric manipulation of the external degrees of freedom of superposition states on optical clock transitions.
  • ERA-NET Quantera Cofund Project “SQUEIS“ (Squeezed Quantum Inertial Sensors):
    In this project, we investigate metrologically useful non-classical momentum states. To this end, various novel schemes to create squeezed atoms will be investigated and used in inertial measurements.

Within the scope of the offered research projects, multiple state-of-the-art experimental methods and technologies (laser physics, high frequency technologies, analogue and digital electronics, control engineering, programming, magnetic field design, seismic isolation, etc.) are used and conveyed.

Employment conditions

To qualify for the position, applicants must hold a scientific university degree (Master, Diploma, or equivalent) in physics, photonics, or quantum engineering. Very good knowledge of quantum optics and atomic & molecular physics is beneficial. We require very good written and spoken English, organisational skills, own initiative, and the ability and willingness to familiarize oneself with new areas of work.

What we offer

We offer PhD students research challenges at the highest level, project responsibility and a top-class international network. With our integrated graduate school, we offer a wide range of further education opportunities in our interdisciplinary research field and transferable skills to prepare for a successful career.

The university aims to promote equality between women and men. For this purpose, the university strives to reduce under-representation in areas where a certain gender is under-represented. Women are under-represented in the salary scale of the advertised position. Therefore, qualified women are encouraged to apply. Moreover, we welcome applications from qualified men. Preference will be given to equally-qualified applicants with disabilities.

Please submit your application including

  • Letter of motivation incl. brief summary of your research interests and previous experience (max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts

until 13.05.2022 in electronic form to


or alternatively via postal mail to:

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Institute of Quantum Optics
Dr. Dennis Schlippert
Welfengarten 1, 30167 Hannover

Only those applications that are complete with respect to the above list will be considered. Applications that are submitted after the deadline above might in addition be taken into account until the positions are filled.

For further information, please contact Dr. Dennis Schlippert (Phone: 0511 762-17959,

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