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Research Assistant (PhD, m/f/d) in the field of Experimental Physics

(Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 75 %)

In course of the CRC TerraQ, the Institute of Quantum Optics invites applications for the position of a Research Assistant (PhD, m/f/d) in the field of Experimental Physics (Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 75 %) starting as soon as possible. The position is initially limited to 3 years.

Responsibilities and duties

The “Very Long Baseline Atom Interferometer“ facility (VLBAI) is one of three major research instruments at the “Hannover Institut für Technologie“ (HITec). Spanning across 10m free fall distance, our apparatus allows one to perform atom interferometry with rubidium and ytterbium with very large scale factors. In combination with exquisite control over systematic effects, e.g. caused by magnetic field gradients, as well as high performance seismic isolation, the facility will set a new state of the art in a variety of applications. Beyond tests of fundamental physics at the interface of quantum mechanics and general relativity, in the scope of CRC TerraQ we especially envisage operation as a higher-order reference gravimetry station.

The successful candidate will join our international research team and will be responsible for independent work on research project A02 Gravity Sensing with VLBAI towards the operation of a stationary gravimeter with unprecedented accuracy and instability comparable to that of superconducting gravimeters. To this end, the candidate will take part in the commissioning of the seismic isolation system as well as perform verification measurements using the rubidium atom interferometer.

Our research is embedding in numerous (inter)national collaborations. Within the scope of our work multiple state-of-the-art experimental methods and technologies (laser physics, high frequency technologies, analog and digital electronics, control engineering, programming, magnetic field design, etc.) are applied.

Employment conditions

To qualify for the position, applicants must hold a scientific university degree (Master, Diploma, or equivalent) in physics, photonics, or quantum engineering. Very good knowledge of quantum optics and atomic & molecular physics is beneficial and we expect interest/experience in analogue and digital control systems. We require very good written and spoken English, organisational skills, own initiative, and the ability and willingness to familiarize oneself with new areas of work.

What we offer

The DFG Collaborative Research Centre CRC 1464 “TerraQ – relativistic and quantum-based geodesy” is characterised by its unique interdisciplinarity of quantum physics and geodesy. TerraQ aims to advance quantum-based measurement concepts for monitoring mass changes from space and on ground, combined with the corresponding data analysis and modelling, in order to provide sophisticated tools that significantly enhance our knowledge on the involved change processes in the system Earth.

We offer PhD students research challenges at the highest level, project responsibility and a top-class international network. With our integrated graduate school we offer a wide range of further education opportunities in our interdisciplinary research field and soft skills to prepare for a successful career.

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 submit your application including

  • Letter of motivation incl. brief summary of your research interests & previous experience (max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts

until August 22nd, 2021 in electronic form to


or alternatively via postal mail to:

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Institute of Quantum Optics
Dr. Dennis Schlippert
30167 Hannover

Only those applications that are complete with respect to the above list will be considered. Applications that are submitted after the deadline above might in addition be taken into account until the position is filled.

For further information, please contact Dr. Dennis Schlippert (Phone: 0511 762-17959,

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