Mechanical engineer (f/m/d)

Scientific and Technical Assistance Garching
Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

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Job Offer from May 04, 2021

The Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) is an international institute for laser research and technology located in Garching. From 03/05/2021 onwards, the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics led by Professor Krausz is looking for a Mechanical engineer (f/m/d).

The position is limited to 2 years.

At the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP) — operated jointly by the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) — state-of-the-art femtosecond laser technologies [1-3] are combined with innovative electric-field-resolved measurement techniques [4] to advance a new type of ultra-sensitive spectroscopy [5]. The novel systems are developed and utilized by a highly interdisciplinary team of physicists, data scientists, biologists and clinical personnel to analyze minuscule variations in the infrared response of body fluids, and thereby identify — non-invasively — early signs of illnesses such as cancer.

The successful candidate will work together with an international team to develop next-generation spectroscopy instruments based on bright, coherent, broadband infrared sources and field-resolved detection. The goal for this position is to transform latest research results into compact laser-based measurement systems with unprecedented mechanical stability. These new embodiments are likely to give access to completely new fields of experimental physics. The duration of the position is initially 2 years, with the possibility of extension. The place of work will be at the LAP in Garching.


Development of the optimal mechanical layout for the next-generation ultra-stable lasers

Simulation and optimization of the vibrational and heat response of the laser system and its components

Selection of materials for maximum noise suppression and long-term stability

Development of efficient cooling solutions for laser crystals and high-power laser diodes

Interaction with laser engineers and scientists to refine the latest optical laser designs into an ultra-stable platform

Direct interaction with the mechanical workshops on optimal material selection and processing techniques

Qualifications and Skills:

Master’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related technical discipline

Experience with mechanical simulations, heat transfer, material selection and material processing techniques

Experience with computer-aided technical drawings (e.g. Autodesk Inventor)

Strong self-motivation and the ability to solve problems independently

Interest in interdisciplinary work with close contact to bio-medical applications

Professional working proficiency with the English language

German language skills are advantageous

Ideally, experience with Python, LabVIEW, or another programming language

We offer:

Access to the latest optical technologies and state-of-the-art laboratories

Excellent research and working conditions

Supportive, highly motivated, and multi-disciplinary team

Pleasant working atmosphere with many learning opportunities

Open-minded, inspiring, dynamic and international atmosphere, scientific flair

Salary according to qualification and professional suitability in compliance with the collective agreement for public service. Social benefits according to the regulations of public service (Federal Service).

Personal and professional training programmes

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications of any background. The Max Planck society is committed to employing more severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled persons are explicitly welcome.

Please send a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your CV and contact information of two references.

For questions and applications, please contact Dr. Nathalie Nagl:

[1] J. Zhang et al., Light Sci. Appl. 7, 17180 (2018).

[2] Q. Wang et al., Opt. Letters 44, 2566 (2019).

[3] N. Nagl et al., Opt. Express 27, 24445 (2019).

[4] I. Pupeza et al., Nature Photon. 9, 721 (2015).

[5] I. Pupeza et al., Nature 577, 52 (2020).

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