PhD positions in Experimental and Theoretical Optical Physics, Abbe School of Photonics at Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, Germany

Publish Date: May 22, 2015

Deadline: Jun 20, 2015

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) 2101 "Guided light, tightly packed: novel concepts, components and applications" at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena offers 9 doctoral student (PhD) positions in the field of experimental and theoretical optical physics, with emphasis on optical waveguides and related technologies to confine and to control light in ultra-compact devices. This IRTG program is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and is in collaboration with three Canadian research institutions: the University of Toronto, the Université Laval in Québec City, and the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Varennes/Montréal. Selected doctoral students will be offered joint supervision by two German and one Canadian supervisors, a long-term research stay in Canada (6…12 months), and an annual intercontinental summer or winter school with collocated project meetings.

We are looking for the most excellent Diploma or M.Sc. graduates in physics, photonics, engineering or a related subject with a strong interest in experimental integrated optics. Applicants must have gained experience working in their subject area during their completed degree program. The recruitment procedure will be based on a strict selection process focusing on the candidates' demonstrated potential for scientific excellence.

The part-time positions (75%) will be paid in accordance to the German Public Services Regulations TV-L up to E 13. For participating in this IRTG, no tuition fees are raised in either country. The Friedrich Schiller University Jena seeks to increase the number of female scientists and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply. The University is committed to providing a family-friendly workplace and is equipped with special means within this IRTG by the DFG. In case of equal qualification, handicapped persons will be given preference.

Applications quoting reference no. 80/2015 must be submitted via the  Abbe School of Photonics' Online Application System. All details and information on required documents are provided there. Please make sure that you motivation letter contains the following information:

  • Why do you want to participate in this IRTG program?
  • Why are you suitable for this IRTG program?
  • Which of the offered doctoral research project(s) do you like to work on and why?
  • What are your practical (hands-on) experiences in science and research?

Note that the ASP Online Application System is generally open to apply for any doctoral positions within the School. In order to apply for a position in IRTG 2101 and to specify the research topic(s) you are interested in, please refer to either aspect very clearly in the motivation letter.

>> further details on the 9 PhD topics

The submission deadline is June 20, 2015. Selected candidates will be invited to Jena to take part in a recruitment meeting on July 8 and 9, 2015. Applicants who cannot ensure their presence in Jena during the recruitment meeting due to strong external conditions will be interviewed online. The positions will be filled as soon as possible, but not beforeSeptember 1, 2015.

For further information about specific projects, please feel free to contact the individual principal investigators offering the research topics. Concerning any other information about this call, please contact Dr. Dorit Schmidt, Abbe School of Photonics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena,

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