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Research Assistant (PhD, m/f/d) in the field of Experimental Physics (Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 75 %)

Research Assistant (PhD, m/f/d) in the field of Experimental Physics (Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 75 %)

We are hiring!

The groups of Prof. Dr. Ernst M. Rasel and Dr. Dennis Schlippert at the Institute of Quantum Optics invite applications for a

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

(Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 75 %) 

In course of the CRC TerraQ, the Institute of Quantum Optics invites applications for the position 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 position is initially limited to 3 years.

Responsibilities and duties

The successful candidate will be responsible for independent work on research project A02 Gravity Sensing with VLBAI. In the scope of this work, a high-performance active six-degrees-of-freedom seismic isolation system (SAS) acquired in the context of the major research facility will be commissioned, characterized & tested, and finally implemented for use in a long-baseline atom interferometer.

Employment conditions

To qualify for the position, applicants must hold a scientific university degree (Master, Diploma, or equivalent) in physics. We also encourage candidates from neighbouring disciplines, e.g., mechanical & electrical engineering, as well as mechatronics to apply. We expect interest and experience in analogue and digital control systems. 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

The DFG Collaborative Research Centre CRC 1464 "TerraQ - relativistic and quantum-based geodesy" is characterised by its unique interdisciplinarity of quantum physics and geodesy. TerraQ aims to advance quantum-based measurement concepts for monitoring mass changes from space and on ground, combined with the corresponding data analysis and modelling, in order to provide sophisticated tools that significantly enhance our knowledge on the involved change processes in the system Earth.

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 soft 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 with supporting documents until May 23rd, 2021 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

We will start sighting of applications from May 24th, 2021. Applications that are submitted after that date might be taken into account until the position is filled.

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

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