Physicist, engineer or similar (m/f/d)

Scientific Activity, Project Work

Enter the fascinating world of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and help shape the future through research and innovation! We offer an exciting and inspiring working environment driven by the expertise and curiosity of our 11,000 employees from 100 nations and our unique infrastructure. Together, we develop sustainable technologies and thus contribute to finding solutions to global challenges. Would you like to join us in addressing this major future challenge? Then this is your place!

For our institute of Quantum Technologies in Ulm we are looking for a

Physicist, engineer or similar (m/f/d)

Experimental Rydberg physics for electromagnetic field sensor

What to expect:

The aim of the DLR Institute of Quantum Technologies in Ulm is to develop precision instruments for space applications based on quantum technologies. These devices are then turned into prototypes in close cooperation with industry. The institute thus provides a bridge between fundamental research and industry. Together with the DLR-Institute for Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing in Hanover and the Galileo Competence Center in Oberpfaffenhofen, the institute in Ulm plays a pioneering role in applied quantum technologies. It consists of the four core departments Quantum Metrology, Quantum Information and Communication, Quantum Nanophysics, and Quantum Control of Charged Matter Waves, which are complemented by three cross-sectional departments: Quantum Engineering, Integration of Micro- and Nanosystems, and Theoretical Quantum Physics. The institute works in an interdisciplinary way, where fundamental theoretical research and experimental tests meet engineering.


Within the Department of Quantum Nanophysics, we design, realize, and evaluate innovative concepts for earth- and space-based quantum sensors. In this context, we are seeking a researcher to work in the area of experimental Rydberg physics for electromagnetic field sensor. The focus of the position is set on the development of new measurement techniques, prototyping, and the miniaturization of the devices. The candidate researcher will take a key role in the realization of the project and the communication with external partners from industry and academia.

Your responsibilities:

  • plan new research projects and realize quantum-based sensors to measure magnetic and electric fields for several applications in space and on ground
  • design novel quantum sensors on a lab scale and evaluate their experimental feasibility using computer simulations
  • build novel sensors based on Rydberg atoms and miniaturize them in collaboration with internal and external partners as well as industry
  • take part in measurement campaigns to characterize the sensors in real-world scenarios and answer fundamental and applied scientific questions
  • analyze the results using commercial and in-house developed programs and prepare the data for publication

What we expect from you:

  • completed scientific university degree (Master's/Diploma Uni) in natural sciences (e.g. physics) or engineering (e.g. in the fields of quantum technologies, quantum physics or quantum engineering) or other degree programmes relevant to the position
  • Security clearance as well as the willingness to security clearance pursuant to §§ 8 ff. Security Clearance Act (SÜG) is a condition for employment at DLR. 
  • knowledge in experimental atomic physics is highly recommended
    experience in magnetometry is an advantage
    knowledge in programming (e.g. Python or C), simulation software (e.g. Comsol), and mathematical software (e.g. Matlab or Mathematica) would be desired
    knowledge in the area of experimental Rydberg physics, spectroscopy or the realisation of quantum experiments is beneficial
  • fluent in written and oral English, knowledge of German is beneficial  

What we offer:

DLR stands for diversity, appreciation and equality for all people. We promote independent work and the individual development of our employees both personally and professionally. To this end, we offer numerous training and development opportunities. Equal opportunities are of particular importance to us, which is why we want to increase the proportion of women in science and management in particular. Applicants with severe disabilities will be given preference if they are qualified.

Further information:

Starting date: 01.09.2024

Duration of contract: The position is initially limited to 2 years. 

Type of employment: full-time (part-time)

Remuneration: up to German TVöD 13

Vacancy-ID: 95438


Dr. Christian Brand Institut für Quantentechnologien 

Tel.: 0731 400 198 602

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Deadline: 2024-09-08
Location: Germany, Ulm, Baden Württemberg
Categories: Engineer, Engineering, Natural Science, Physicist, Physics, Quantum engineering, Quantum Physics, quantum technology,


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