PhD student

The Max-Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) conducts basic research in the field of nonlinear optics and ultrafast dynamics arising from the interaction of light with matter and pursues applications that emerge from this research. It develops and uses ultrafast and ultra-intense lasers and laser-driven short-pulse light sources in a broad spectral range in combination with methods of nonlinear spectroscopy. The spectral range includes in particular XUV radiation and soft x-rays, where experiments at in-house sources are complemented with the use of accelerator driven sources such as free electron x-ray lasers.

With its research, MBI fulfils a national mission and is an integral part of the international scientific community.

In Division C2: Solid-state light sources we are seeking a highly motivated


PhD student


Job profile:

We offer at the earliest possible date a Ph.D. position in ultrafast nonlinear optics. In a joint project with the Berlin company APE (Angewandte Physik und Elektronik GmbH), a new generation of ultrafast pulse measurement devices will be developed. Part of this development work will be the adaption and optimization of novel algorithms for tomographic reconstruction of the pulse shape from measured data. In the context of this project, we also aim to develop and validate completely new pulse characterization methods.


The candidate is expected to have acquired a Master of Science or diploma degree in physics with above average marks. He/she has hands-on experience in optical laboratory work. Above-averaging programming skills and experience with automated data acquisition are a strong plus.


The position is available at the earliest possible date and temporary limited to 3 years. The payment is according to the German TVöD salary scheme for scientists in public research institutions (75%).

If equally qualified, severely handicapped persons are given preference. MBI is an equal opportunity employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.

MBI supports the reconcilability of family and working life and is certified as a family-friendly by the "family audit".

Please send your application, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates, and description of previous professional activities electronically to Prof. Dr. Günter Steinmeyer ( or by mail to Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie, Max-Born-Straße 2a, 12489 Berlin, Germany, c/o Prof. Dr. Steinmeyer quoting this announcement. The deadline for applications is December 5th, 2017.

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  • Prof. Dr. Steinmeyer
  • Max-Born-Straße 2a
  • 12489 Berlin

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  • Prof. Dr. Steinmeyer
  • Max-Born-Straße 2a
  • 12489 Berlin


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