Jun 6, 2019

PhD position in Experimental Quantum Optics / Nonlinear Optics

at the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany)

Category: Grants
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Our research team at the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany), dealing with Experimental Nonlinear Optics and Quantum Optics, is offering positions for two doctoral students for a period of up to three years starting by July 2019. The PhD project is funded by a European Union Innovative Training Network (ITN) and provides an attractive salary.  Due to the specific EU funding regulations, the position is reserved for international (i.e. foreign, non-German) candidates.

Project description:

Both projects are embedded in the MSCA ITN “Light-Matter Interfaces for Quantum Enhanced Technology”. The research will be dealing with coherent light-matter interactions in laser-cooled atoms confined within a hollow-core fiber [1]. The goal is to achieve efficient nonlinear optical interactions at the few-photon level for future quantum technologies using stationary light pulses (SLPs). SLPs, i.e., light pulses with vanishing group velocity, are based on the effect of electromagnetically induced transparency and are promising candidates to achieve such nonlinear interactions even at the single-photon level. Recently, our team succeeded in observing SLPs in such a hollow-core fiber setup for the first time [2].


[1]      F. Blatt, T. Halfmann, and T. Peters, Opt. Lett. 39, 446 (2014). 

[2]      F. Blatt, L. S. Simeonov, T. Halfmann, and T. Peters, Phys. Rev. A 94, 043833 (2016). 

[3]      R. Sulzbach, T. Peters, and R. Walser, ArXiv Phys. e-Prints 1905.02807v1 (2019). 

Research Environment:

Our team (with roughly 20 coworkers) at the Institute of Applied Physics at the Technical University of Darmstadt offers a research environment of international reputation and modern, very well-equipped state-of-the-art laser laboratories, embedded in strong national and international collaborations. Substantial funding for experimental equipment is available. 

The Technical University of Darmstadt with approx. 20.000 students (among them 20 % foreign students) is one of the oldest and among the most renowned technical universities in Germany. Darmstadt is embedded in an attractive landscape of woodlands, and located in the region around Frankfurt (also close to Frankfurt international airport), i.e. one of the economically strongest regions of Germany and Europe.

Application requirements:


  • solid and broad education in modern physics with some specialization in experimental atomic and/or optical physics
  • MSc university degree in Physics with excellent marks obtained within the last four years
  • high level of motivation
  • very good writing and oral skills in English


  • experience with laser-cooling of neutral atoms and/or coherent light-matter interactions 
  • programming skills
  • pronounced communication as well as management skills
  • ability to work collaboratively


If you are interested in one of the PhD positions and your experience matches the candidate profile please submit the following information as a single PDF file to limquet@physik.tu-darmstadt.de:

  • academic CV (if already available : list of publications and conference contributions),
  • outline of research interests and relevant expertise,
  • transcripts of BSc and MSc degrees listing the qualification awarded and the courses taken (including marks), contact details of two potential referees.
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