PostDoc position

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen

Solid State Research & Material SciencesParticle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

Type of Job


PostDoc position

Job Offer from September 06, 2017

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light is searching for highly motivated PostDoc to join our theory group Condensed Matter/ Quantum optics - Optomagnonics.

The new MPL research group “Theory of hybrid systems for quantum technologies” offers a postdoctoral position starting in January 2018.

Your tasks

Optomagnonics is an emerging field, in which light is coupled coherently to magnetic excitations in solid state systems. First experiments have demonstrated coupling in the optical regime a little bit over a year ago. This is an exciting line of research that brings together concepts of Condensed Matter and Quantum Optics, and it is promising for applications in new quantum technologies. You will explore, both analytically and computationally, how to manipulate,  store, and transfer quantum information in platforms involving optomagnonic systems.

Your profile

Experience with spin wave physics or quantum optics is desirable. The research in optomagnonics has however points of contact with diverse topics, and other backgrounds are welcome and will be considered. Examples are: cold atoms, microwave-magnon coupling, optomechanics, or spin-transfer torque. Programming skills, in particular in micromagnetics, will be valued.

A completed PhD in Physics by the starting time of the position is required.

Our offer

You will work in a young and dynamical group in an excellent environment. The MPL is a world-leading institution in basic research concerning light-matter interaction, and collaborations with both experimental and theory groups in the institute are possible and encouraged. More information about the institute can be found at

The position is limited to a period of initially two years, with a possible extension to three. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the German public service pay scale (TVöD).

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Your application

Your application should include: a cover letter, your CV including list of publications, a brief statement of research (max. 2 pages including figures and references, font size 11 pt) and the names and contacts of two references. Please send your application as a single pdf file to . The review of applications will start on October 16th 2017, but we will continue accepting applications until the position is filled.

In case of inquiries please contact Dr. Silvia Viola Kusminskiy, .

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Staudtstraße 2
91058 Erlangen

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