Microsystems Engineer, physics, chemistry or similar (f/m/d)

Scientific activities/projects

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 for Quantum Technologies at Hamburg we are looking for a

Microsystems Engineer, physics, chemistry or similar (f/m/d)

Technology Development Surface Traps

What to expect:

At the DLR Institute of Quantum Technologies (DLR-QT) in Ulm, we develop precision instruments for space applications based on quantum technologies and bring them to prototype maturity together with industry. In this way, we build a bridge between basic research and industry. Together with the DLR Institute of Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing (SI) in Hanover and the DLR Galileo Competence Center (GK) in Oberpfaffenhofen, we play a pioneering role in these fields of research and application. The research work of our four core departments Quantum Metrology, Quantum Information and Communication, Quantum Nanophysics and Electromagnetic Quantum Sensors is complemented and supported by the three cross-sectional departments Quantum Engineering, Integration of Micro- and Nanosystems and Theoretical Quantum Physics. We have an interdisciplinary approach: Theoretical basic research and experimental tests meet engineering implementation.

The DLR Quantencomputing-Initiative is a coordinated funding effort of the DLR in the field of the development and use of quantum computers. Based on several years of basic research, prototype quantum computers and applications based on them are now being developed within the project as part of a federal government initiative. DLR is building a consortium of industrial companies and research partners to realise the construction of the quantum computers.

At the Innovation Centre Hamburg ion trap-based quantum computers are being developed by industry contractors and with the support of the DLR. The Institute for Quantumtechnologies (QT) with the department Integration Micro- and Nanosystems operates a cleanroom laboratory for this purpose on behalf of the DLR Quantencomputing-Initiative. In addition to providing the equipment and processes, the focus is on quality assurance measures and industry user support. The micro- and nanotechnology process chain includes all necessary steps from the wafer substrate to the assembled module of chip scale surface traps for ions. 


Become part of our team that is expanding the technology development and cleanroom processes for the production of ion traps as part of the DLR Quantencomputing-Initiative and providing significant support to the QC-I companies in the development of the next generation of quantum computers.

Your contribution as a Scientist to strengthen the team will be:

  • You serve as the central technical point of contact for the process technology provided and make an important contribution to shaping the process landscape for the successful development and production of ion-trap quantum computers.
  • You will be responsible for process integration and verification tasks, in particular the planning, execution and evaluation of test series for the development and assessment of process chains for various manufacturing requirements.
  • You will investigate process deviations and production defects and optimise production options and increase yields by clarifying the correlations.
  • You support the users of the process landscape within the scope of technological consulting and the targeted development of solutions for specific requirements.
  • You will assume responsibility for part of the production systems and processes, including the associated tasks of process development, quality management and user support.
  • You will document the possibilities and dependencies of the available processes in a technology library.

What we expect from you:

  • completed scientific university degree (university Master/Diploma) in natural sciences (e.g. specialising in microsystems technology, physics, chemistry) or engineering (e.g. from the fields of electrical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, nanotechnology) or other degree programmes relevant to the job
  • knowledge in the field of microsystems technology/nanotechnology
  • experience in process development and process integration of microfabrication processes
  • experience in the development of microsystems technology processes, e.g. for the production of components
  • Experience in methods and measures of quality assurance and risk minimization
  • Experience of working in cleanrooms
  • Experience in at least five of the following areas: Lithography, wet chemical processing, electroplating, dry etching, physical vapour deposition (PVD), chemical vapour deposition (CVD), metrology, assembly and joining technology (AVT), chemical-mechanical polishing/planarisation (CMP)
  • experience in methods and measures of quality assurance and risk minimization
  • 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.

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: 15.08.2024

Duration of contract: initially limited until 31.12.2026

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

Remuneration: up to the German TVöD 13

Vacancy-ID: 95647


Dr. Florian Niekiel Institut für Quantentechnologien 

Tel.: 040 513096 19

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Deadline: 2024-08-18
Location: Germany, Hamburg
Categories: Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, microsystems, Physics,


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