PhD position

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen

Solid State Research & Material SciencesParticle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD Position

Job Offer from September 06, 2017

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light invites applicants for a PhD position in Theory - Condensed Matter/ Quantum optics - Optomagnonics.

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

You are enthusiastic about learning a new subject and have a good background in Condensed Matter and/or Quantum Optics. Familiarity with one of the following subjects can be helpful but is not required: spin waves, cold atoms, microwave-magnon coupling, optomechanics, spin-transfer torque, micromagnetics, Comsol. Programming skills are a plus.

A completed Diploma or Master 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 payment and benefits are based on the Max Planck guidelines for doctoral students. An extra incentive for excellent candidates can be negotiated.

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 brief motivation letter (max. 1 page, font size 11 pt), your CV including list of publications, 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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