Technical Employee in the field of Emerging Technologies

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena conducts applied optics research on behalf of industry and as part of publicly funded research projects. The range of services includes system solutions, starting with new design concepts, through technology development, manufacturing and measurement methods to the construction of demonstrators and pilot series for applications. Fraunhofer IOF is also pioneering applied quantum technology, providing innovative solutions to science and industry wherever quantum optical phenomena may lead to revolutionary applications.

Research in the team focuses on applied quantum technologies - from methods for generating, manipulating, processing, and transmitting quantum states of light, to system-level applications in high-dimensional quantum communication and quantum sensing. Our goal is to transfer quantum technologies from the laboratory to practical applications in fiber networks and long-distance satellite links as well microscopic systems.

We are seeking a Technical Employee with a strong background in experimental physics, optics, and mechatronics to support our team in technical tasks within research projects.

Your work includes the following tasks:
• Experimental investigations on quantum technologies setups / active stabilization of interferometric setups
• Image construction in scanning techniques
• Establishing electronic feedback control loops in quantum imaging and communication setups
• Automation of measurement procedures
• Design and organize transfer of lab model optical setups towards engineering models

What we expect from you

Successful candidates will be enthusiastic to take project responsibility in a multidisciplinary team with collaborators from local research groups as well as international partners in academia and industry. Applicants must have excellent communication skills, the ability to keep clear records, to work independently and to coordinate collaborative research activities and field demonstrations. An ability to prepare scientific publications and proposals, and to present results at local, national and international research meetings and trade shows is expected.

Additionally, familiarity with the following technologies is highly beneficial:
- Integrated photonics
- Waveshaping and electro-optic modulation
- Structured light and spatial light modulation
- Optical parametric oscillators, frequency combs

The ideal candidate is a good team player and fluent in English (written and spoken).

What you can expect from us

  • A varied job in a modern, well-equipped working environment
  • Cooperation in a helpful and open-minded team with physical, Material Science and chemical Background
  • Collaboration on varied subject areas with partly technological focus and/or main research topics
  • Independent work and personal and professional development opportunities
  • Flexible working hours and a family-friendly workplace

The working time consists of 39 hours per week.
The position is initially limited to 2 years.
In case of identical qualifications preference will be given to severely disabled candidates.
We would like to point out that the chosen job title also includes the third gender.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft emphasises gender-independent professional equality.
This vacancy is also available on a part-time basis.

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas.

You are enthusiastic about applied research and new ideas and are interested in working in an interdisciplinary team? We look forward to receiving your application documents, which you can send us online via our applicant portal.

Job Reference: IOF-2020-41 Closing Date: 30.09.2020