Doctoral Researcher / PhD Student (m/f/d) in Single Molecule Quantum Optics

Leibniz University Hannover


July 1, 2022


The Institute of Solid State Physics, light & matter Group of Prof. Dr. Ilja Gerhardt, invites applications for the position of a Doctoral Researcher / PhD Student (m/f/d) in Single Molecule Quantum Optics (Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 50 %) starting as soon as possible. The position is limited to 3 years.

The light & matter group in Hannover deals with high brightness single photon sources, atomic vapors, and quantum optics. These tools are used for fundamental Science, precision sensing and microscopy. This allows for novel concepts in nano-science and spectroscopy. We combine fundamental research with quantum technologies.

Your tasks

  • Build and enhance the worlds' spectral brightest single molecule single photon source
  • Integrate a cryogenic confocal microscope and hot atomic vapors
  • Perform quantum optical measurements with single photons and quantum gates
  • Participation in teaching activities
  • Your profile

  • Finished university science degree in physics or a related field
  • Extraordinary motivation and the will to dive into a variety of interdisciplinary topics
  • Eager to learn new things and apply critical thought to electronics, programming and quite some quantum stuff
  • (Ideally) Experience in spectroscopy and microscopy on single emitters and programming
  • Our offer

  • Perform work at the heart of quantum photonics
  • A highly sophisticated lab, with no shortage of interesting projects
  • A vibrant, international workplace
  • Fun lab environment, flexible working times
  • Open-minded and open-source ideas
  • Flat organizational structure
  • The university aims to promote equality between women and men. For this purpose, the university strives to reduce under-representation in areas where a certain gender is under-represented. Women are under-represented in the salary scale of the advertised position. Therefore, qualified women are encouraged to apply. Moreover, we welcome applications from qualified men. Preference will be given to equally-qualified applicants with disabilities.

    Please send your application with the usual documents (Letter of motivation, CV, grade transcripts, etc.) by July 1, 2022 to


    or alternatively via postal mail to:

    Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover Institut für Festkörperphysik Appelstr. 2 30167 Hannover

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