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IQ-Hannover: PhD and Postdoc Positions in Artificial Intelligence applied to Atom Interferometry


Applications are invited for two PhDs and for a post-doctoral research position at the Institute of Quantum Optics, Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany. The positions are available to be filled immediately until the end of 2024 with funding provided by the German Aerospace Agency (DLR). 

The purpose of the projects is to support atom interferometry experiments theoretically and experimentally by exploiting methods and tools of artificial intelligence.  

Concrete examples of this support would be: 

  • compressing and analysing measurement data to fit the bandwidth limits of satellite and field atomic sensors. 
  • improving the understanding of experiments and simulations by extracting correlations and approximate models from the behaviour of those systems. 
  • optimise the control sequences of experiments and simulations to improve the performance of these complex quantum gas systems. 

The balance of experimental and theoretical efforts can be adapted to the applicant’s profile and the exact position filled. 

The selected applicants will be part of a vibrant environment, working at the interface of cutting-edge metrology projects implemented by the group of Prof. Ernst M. Rasel in Bose-Einstein condensate experiments ( arbeitsgruppen/quantum-sensing/) and the theory team of Dr. Naceur Gaaloul developing theoretical methods for atom interferometry ( arbeitsgruppen/quantum-sensing/research-projects/theory-of-quantum-sensors/). They will be able to shape a research field that is expected to enable a major breakthrough in quantum sensing. 

Applicants for the PhD positions should have a Master’s degree in physics. Applicants for the postdoc position should have a PhD in AMO phy

sics or applied computer science. Any experience in big data, artificial intelligence or statistics will be an asset. Applicants are expected to have analytic and programming skills, the ability to work independently and in a team, as well as a high command of the English language. 

For further information about the position and the research topics, please contact Dr. Naceur Gaaloul (phone: +49 (0) 511 / 762 17455, e-mail: