Postdoc and PhD position - Machine Learning for Physicists

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Solid State Research & Material Sciences Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

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Job Offer from May 09, 2018

Join a new team working in a highly interdisciplinary and rapidly evolving area of science. Our long-term goal is to develop neural-network-based autonomous scientific discovery. Right now, we are exploring applications in diverse topics like quantum computing and photonics. We offer PhD and postdoc positions. Very good programming skills are required (experience with machine learning is a bonus, but not obligatory).

The positions

The team is directly headed by Florian Marquardt, who also leads the theory division at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL). The PhD positions run for three years (we offer a competitive salary, E13 75%). The postdoc positions run for two years, with a possible extension by another year. The theory division explores a variety of other areas, including photonic and phononic structures, optomechanics, quantum optics, and quantum many-body theory.

For more information on the topic, see our recent lectures "Machine Learning for Physicists" and our recent manuscript on reinforcement learning, where strategies are discovered from scratch. Our group has a dedicated cutting-edge GPU cluster available (nVidia DGX-1).


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 woman in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages woman to apply.

For inquiries, please send your CV to Gesine Murphy (), cc to Florian Marquardt ().

This job offers was first posted March 2018. The number of positions to be filled will depend on the number of qualified candidates who apply.

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