PhD position (m/f/d) Sub-cycle nanoplasma dynamics and nanoprocessing in solid dielectrics


The Max-Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) conducts basic research in the field of nonlinear optics and ultrafast dynamics arising from the interaction of light with matter and pursues applications that emerge from this research. It develops and uses ultrafast and ultra-intense lasers and laser-driven short-pulse light sources in a broad spectral range in combination with methods of nonlinear spectroscopy. 


With its research, MBI fulfills a national mission and is an integral part of the international scientific community. 


The Max-Born-Institute invites applications for a 


PhD position (m/f/d) 

Sub-cycle nanoplasma dynamics and nanoprocessing in solid dielectrics 


Job profile: 

The goal of the research project is to study and control the sub-cycle dynamics and the sub-wavelength confinement of plasma formation in solid dielectrics irradiated with ultrashort pulses. The candidate will investigate the fundamentals of strong field ionization in transparent materials with the help of an original all-optical method based on low-order optical wave mixing. The main application pursued by this research is the direct laser fabrication of controlled sub-surface nanostructures and their practical use in integrated optics.

The PhD position will be supported in the frame of a „Collaborative Research Centre“ program designed to favor and intensify multidisciplinary research. The researcher will thus be a part of a larger structure involving the University of Rostock. 


We are looking for a PhD student (m/f/d) holding a Master Degree in physics or equivalent. The research program is at the frontier between many fields including nonlinear optics, femtosecond lasers, material science and/or solid state physics requiring a highly motivated candidate with a solid background in one or more of these areas. The applicant (m/f/d) is expected to work in close collaboration with the group of Prof. Fennel (University of Rostock) who will provide the theoretical support. This PhD position strongly focuses on the experimental aspects of laser-matter interaction. Therefore, a propensity for hands-on work in a scientific laboratory is expected, including the ability to set up complicated optical arrangements and to develop software infrastructure for data acquisition and processing. Knowledge of the English language is essential. In conjunction to the application the candidate must be accepted by the doctoral school of the Freie Universität Berlin.


MBI offers a 3-years appointment with a salary according to the German salary scheme for the public sector (TVöD) (75%). The earliest starting date is June 1st, 2022.


If equally qualified, severely handicapped persons are given preference. MBI is an equal opportunity employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. 

MBI supports the reconcilability of family and working life and is certified as family-friendly by the "family audit".

Please use the button "Apply online" and upload your application with a CV, a description of the research experience, publication list, references, and/or recommendation letters electronically via the MBI online recruiting platform at Review of applications will begin in July 2022 and continue until the position is filled. 


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