WiQO – Women in Quantum Optics Postdoc Program

Scientist Garching
Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

Job Code: 2024-WiQO

Job Offer from March 27, 2024

To expand on their research in the interdisciplinary field of quantum science and to promote the career of excellent early stage female scientists, the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) founded the Postdoc Program for Women in Quantum Optics (WiQO). In the framework of this program, research and educational activities take in the broad field of quantum and laser physics with interfaces to industry. The WiQO program supports each candidate’s development at her respective career stage and offers professional training that matches her individual career path.

Please find further information at Postdoc Program for Women in Quantum Optics

Applications should address one of the following scientific core areas:

  • Attosecond Physics
  • Laser Physics and Spectroscopy
  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Quantum Computing
  • Quantum Dynamics
  • Quantum Information Theory
  • Quantum Many Body Systems
  • Quantum Networks
  • Quantum Optics
  • Quantum Sensing and Metrology
  • Quantum Simulation & Quantum Computing
  • Ultrafast Science for Biomedicine

We offer:

MPQ is looking for excellent early stage career female candidates and offers, on a yearly basis:

  • A two-year postdoctoral fellowship based at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics
  • A fixed-term employment contract according to TVöD for 2 years (public sector employment, E14) with flexible working conditions
  • Advancement of your scientific excellence by leading a research project under the guidance of outstanding scientists
  • Depending on the candidate’s research area, insight into and collaboration with the initiatives the MPQ is currently involved in: Attoworld, the Munich Quantum Valley, and the cluster of excellence Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST)
  • An additional budget for specific equipment
  • Professional external coaching in the framework of a postdoc specific career-building program
  • Participation in the Minerva FemmeNet postdoc mentoring scheme to benefit from the experience of highly qualified female scientists*
  • Active participation in postdoc networking events to increase your scientific visibility and to promote future interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Seminars and training in the field of project management, science communication, entrepreneurship, career planning, leadership qualifications and work-life balance
  • Organisation and implementation of distinguished speaker seminars
  • Support in the preparation and submission of research proposals
  • Childcare & reconciliation support (family office, reimbursement of childcare costs due to business travels etc)

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to take advantage of the institute’s unique expertise in the field of quantum optics and laser science, access to international networks and excellent research facilities.

Application process:

In a two-stage selection process, candidates who successfully passed the first stage will be invited to the MPQ Postdoc Interview Days. Selection criteria are scientific excellence and an original research proposal. The starting date of the fellowship is flexible and should be within one year after application.

The link for submitting your application to the WiQO Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Max-Planck-Istitute of Quantum Optics can be found here. All applications must be made through the online application system, letters of reference should be sent directly to the application office (miriam.lorenz@vw.mpq.mpg.de)

*The MPQ is an inclusive and diversity-oriented employer and welcomes applications of all qualified female applicants independently of their ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or disabilities. Our offer is also explicitly aimed at trans-women and non-binary people who clearly identify as women.

if you have any further questions, please contact Miriam Lorenz: miriam.lorenz@vw.mpq.mpg.de

Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics
Hans-Kopfermann-Str. 1
85748 Garching

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