Open PhD and PostDoc Positions - Quantum Metrology with Optical Clocks

Braunschweig or Hannover, Germany
Up to 70,000 € per annum + benefits (up to TVÖD Bund E14)
20 Nov 2021
20 Dec 2021

The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) is the national metrology institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with more than 2000 employees in Braunschweig and Berlin. The QUEST Institute for Experimental Quantum Metrology is a joint institution of Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) and PTB Braunschweig. The research at the Quantum logic spectroscopy group revolves around quantum logic techniques for spectroscopy, optical clocks, and tests of fundamental physics with trapped ions. We advance quantum engineering techniques originally developed for quantum information processing to enable spectroscopy of previously inaccessible singly and highly charged ions and molecules with unprecedented accuracy. Through comparison of optical clocks, we can put bounds on possible variations of fundamental constants, dark matter models and test Einstein’s theory of relativity. Transportable optical clocks can be used to determine height differences between distant locations with centimetre accuracy, enabling applications in geodesy and earth observation.

We are looking for highly motivated and talented students and PostDocs with a physics degree from all over the world for our projects on a transportable aluminium ion clock, optical clocks based on highly charged ions, and a multi-ion calcium clock.

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You will be part of an enthusiastic international team at one of the world’s leading research institutions with an excellent infrastructure. We offer structured education and training together with a large international network of partners within the cluster of excellence “QuantumFrontiers”, the collaborative research centres “DQ-mat” and “TerraQ”, the QVLS-Q1 project, and the ERC Advanced Grant “FunClocks”. PTB is committed to a family-friendly working environment with several amenities, such as on-site day-care and canteen.