Our vision of advancing ultrafast metrology and its applications offers job opportunities in laser development, basic research on extremely fast processes in condensed matter, highly accurate and sensitive spectroscopy of biological samples, and electric-field molecular fingerprinting of clinical samples as well as in technical support. To learn more about our grand goals, please watch the video on the “our vision” tab. If they have aroused your interest, please feel free to upload your application as advised below. Whilst we are always open for unsolicited applications, this page displays some specific job openings in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP), Center for Advanced Laser Applications (CALA), and Center for Molecular Fingerprinting (CMF).

Our students and postdocs benefit from the access to a world-class infrastructure, a substantial amount of know-how present in our very diverse group, as well as from various carrier-development opportunities offered by the Max Planck Society and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. In return, we expect our new colleagues to be willing to take on ambitious projects, accepting the risks that are unavoidable in research at the forefront of basic research.

  • Center for Molecular Fingerprinting
    M.Sc. // System / Lab Automation Engineer (f/m/d) / 2 positions

    The research Center for Molecular Fingerprinting (CMF, www.mukkozpont.hu ) develops in collaboration with the Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich (LMU) and the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) cutting-edge femtosecond-attosecond laser technologies [1-5] for a novel cross-molecular detection of changes in the molecular composition of biological systems: infrared electric-field molecular fingerprinting [6]. The novel systems are utilized by a highly interdisciplinary team of physicists, data scientists, biologists and clinical personal to identify, via minuscule variations in the infrared response, diseases such as cancer in body liquid samples (https://www.lasers4life.de/)

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    CMF Job

    The successful candidate will work, together with scientists and technicians from CMF and LMU at the Laboratory for Extreme Photonics (LEX, www.lex-photonics.de) on the research campus Garching, north of Munich, on next-generation instruments based on bright, coherent, broadband mid-infrared sources and field-resolved detection.

    Depending on qualifications and experience, the successful candidate is supposed to deal with one of the two main areas of focus: (i) Transform the latest research results into a technically mature and reliable laser-based measurement system with unprecedented performance with a special emphasis on automation, diagnostic, and data acquisition. (ii) Integrate and automatize microfluidic chip and automated sample delivery into a spectrometer measurement system.

    The combined goal of both positions is to bring a complex scientific device consisting of latest ultrafast lasers, nonlinear conversion stages, vacuum and gas handling system, high-throughput blood sample handling system, ultra-sensitive multi-channel detection and high-speed data acquisition to the state of reliable 24 h operation.

    The duration of the position is initially 2 years, with the possibility of extension.

    Learn more about our vision under
    www.attoworld.de/our-vision.html

    Tasks:

    1. Transform latest research instruments into a reliable tool for spectroscopy;
    2. Automate procedures like start-up of complex laser systems, or gas and vacuum handling;
    3. Integrate diagnostic devices and sensors for continuous performance analysis;
    4. Automate sample injection and fluid handling for high-throughput human blood sample studies;
    5. Develop a complex scientific measurement device into a reliable and user-friendly instrument for 24 h operation.

    Required qualifications:

    1. Excellent Master’s degree or higher in automation and robotics, or a related technical discipline;
    2. Experience with automation hardware and software;
    3. Experience with NI Labview and programming languages like Python or C++;
    4. Experience with PCB development and electronics is advantageous;
    5. Experience with laser systems is advantageous;
    6. Experience with optical systems and sensors is advantageous;
    7. Strong self-motivation and the ability to solve problems independently;
    8. Interest in interdisciplinary work at the interface to bio-medical applications;
    9. Good command of the English language, German language skills are advantageous.

    We offer:

    1. Access to the latest research technologies and state-of-the-art laboratories;
    2. A supportive, highly motivated, and multi-disciplinary team;
    3. A pleasant working atmosphere with many learning opportunities;
    4. An open-minded, inspiring, dynamic and international team;
    5. A competitive salary, similar to German public service pay scale;
    6. Personal and professional training programmes.

    References:

    [1] J. Zhang et al., Light Sci. Appl. 7, 17180 (2018).
    [2] Q. Wang et al., Opt. Lett. 44, 2566 (2019).
    [3] N. Nagl et al., Opt. Lett. 44, 2390 (2019).
    [4] S. Sederberg et al., Nature Commun. 2, 430 (2020)
    [5] I. Pupeza et al., Nature Photon. 9, 721 (2015).
    [6] I. Pupeza et al., Nature 577, 52 (2020).

    For application, please send the following documents to to Eszter Márton-Szűcs, as the HR associate:

    1. A brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and your qualification;
    2. Your CV;
    3. Your bachelor and master transcripts;
    4. Contact information for two references.
    Contact:
    Eszter Márton-Szűcs
    Email: martonszucs@mukkozpont.hu

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  • Center for Molecular Fingerprinting, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    Post-Doc // Ultrafast field-resolved infrared spectroscopy for biosensing (m/f/d)

    In a joint effort, the Center for Molecular Fingerprinting Research (CMF), the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich and the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics combine cutting-edge femtosecond laser technologies [1-3] with novel molecular fingerprinting techniques [4,5] to advance a new type of mid-infrared spectroscopy on the electric-field level. The novel systems are developed and utilized by a highly interdisciplinary team of physicists, data scientists, biologists and clinical personal to identify, via minuscule variations in the infrared response, medical conditions such as cancer in body liquid samples.

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    CMF Laser PostDoc

    The successful candidate will join the attoworld in Garching, Germany (https://www.attoworld.de), to develop next-generation instruments based on bright, coherent, broadband mid-Infrared sources and field-resolved detection. The goal for this position is to further develop coherent field-resolved infrared metrology with multi-octave spectral coverage and unprecedented detection sensitivity, based on a new laser platform. The duration of the position is initially 2 years, with the possibility of extension.

    Tasks:

    1. Development of super-octave mid-infrared pulse generation and field-resolved infrared detection;
    2. Nonlinear optical simulations;
    3. Reaching unprecedented spectral bandwidth and sensitivity with coherent mid-IR detection;
    4. Application of the developed instrument in physical and bio-medical experiments;
    5. Presentation and publication of scientific output.

    Required qualifications:

    1. Excellent PhD in physics or a related discipline;
    2. Experience with ultrafast lasers and nonlinear optics;
    3. Ideally, experience with infrared and/or nonlinear spectroscopies;
    4. Strong self-motivation and the ability to solve problems independently;
    5. Interest in interdisciplinary work with interface to biomedical applications.;
    6. Good command of the English language.

    We offer:

    1. Become part of the attoworld - a team of outstanding experts in ultrafast laser development, attosecond physics, ultrasensitive metrology and advanced multilayer coatings;
    2. Access to the latest technologies, state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment;
    3. Excellent research and working conditions;
    4. Supportive, highly motivated, and multi-disciplinary team;
    5. Pleasant working atmosphere with many learning opportunities;
    6. Open-minded, inspiring, dynamic and international atmosphere;
    7. Personal and professional training programmes.

    References:

    [1] J. Zhang et al., Light Sci. Appl. 7, 17180 (2018).
    [2] Q. Wang et al., Opt. Lett. 44, 2566 (2019).
    [3] N. Nagl et al., Opt. Lett. 44, 2390 (2019).
    [4] I. Pupeza et al., Nature Photon. 9, 721 (2015).
    [5] I. Pupeza et al., Nature 577, 52 (2020).

    Please send a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your CV and the contact information of two references to Dr. Alexander Weigel.

    Contact:
    Dr. Alexander Weigel
    Email: weigel@mukkozpont.hu

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  • Center for Molecular Fingerprinting, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    Ph.D. // Development of ultra-stable dual-oscillator mid-infrared laser systems

    In a joint effort, the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (LMU), the Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) and the Center for Molecular Fingerprinting Research (CMF) combine cutting-edge femtosecond laser technologies [1-3] with novel molecular fingerprinting techniques [4,5] to advance a new type of mid-infrared spectroscopy on the electric-field level. The novel systems are developed and utilized by a highly interdisciplinary team of physicists, data scientists, biologists and clinical personal to identify, via minuscule variations in the infrared response, medical conditions such as cancer in body liquid samples.

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    CMF Laser PhD

    The successful candidate will join the attoworld team in Garching, Germany, to develop next-generation instruments based on bright, coherent, broadband mid-Infrared sources and field-resolved detection. This project aims to reach unprecedented phase and frequency stability with our Cr:ZnS laser platforms and strives to set up a dual-oscillator-based instrument for ultra-rapid optical sampling.

    Tasks:

    1. Understanding and improving the existing design to push the phase and amplitude noise limits of the Cr:ZnS laser systems;
    2. Realizing and advancing dual-oscillator-based spectroscopy;
    3. In-depth understanding and measurements of laser characteristics at today s limits;

    Required qualifications:

    1. Excellent Master’s degree in physics or equivalent;
    2. Enthusiasm for experimental research;
    3. Strong academic record;
    4. Understanding of optics, lasers and electronics is beneficial;
    5. Good English language skills.

    We offer:

    1. Welcoming and friendly work environment;
    2. Access to the latest technologies, state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment;
    3. Excellent research and working conditions;

    References:

    [1] J. Zhang et al., Light Sci. Appl. 7, 17180 (2018).
    [2] Q. Wang et al., Opt. Lett. 44, 2566 (2019).
    [3] N. Nagl et al., Opt. Lett. 44, 2390 (2019).
    [4] I. Pupeza et al., Nature Photon. 9, 721 (2015).
    [5] I. Pupeza et al., Nature 577, 52 (2020).

    Please send your CV with a motivation letter, your master/study transcripts and your earliest starting date to Dr. Alexander Weigel.

    Contact:
    Dr. Alexander Weigel
    Email: alexander.weigel@mpq.mpg.de

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  • LMU / MPQ / CMF
    M.Sc. // Computer Scientist
    In a joint effort, the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (LMU), the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) and the Center for Molecular Fingerprinting (CMF), combine cutting-edge ultrafast laser technologies [1-4] with novel molecular fingerprinting techniques [4,5] to advance a new type of infrared spectroscopy. Our vision is to develop a new technique for the early detection of diseases like cancer from a simple blood-sample measurement. more

    Become part of the attoworld team lead by Prof. Ferenc Krausz (attoworld.de), and work together with a highly interdisciplinary team of physicists, engineers, data scientists, biologists and clinical personnel towards our vision! The successful candidate will develop a complete high-speed data acquisition and data processing system for the next generation of scientific molecular fingerprinting devices. Using C/C++ programming, interfaced with laboratory LabVIEW programs his/her task will be to integrate extremely fast data acquisition into a full spectroscopy system including automated sample exchange. The data handling includes the implementation of loss-less streaming from a state-of-the art high-speed AD card and real-time pre-processing on CPU, GPU and/or possibly FPGA. In this project we continuously progress into a new scientific territory, and another task of the successful candidate will be to develop new algorithms for the real-time correction of experimental data to reach unprecedented levels of sensitivity and reproducibility. The place of work can be either the CMF in Budapest or the LMU Physics Department in Garching near Munich (Germany).

    Required qualifications:

    1. Master degree in Computer Sciences or a related discipline;
    2. Experience with C/C++ programming and DLL/shared libraries development;
    3. Knowledge of numerical analysis and numerical algorithms;
    4. Ideally, experience with data handling and signal processing;
    5. Ideally, experience with LabVIEW;
    6. Ideally, experience with GPU and FPGA programming;
    7. Interest in interdisciplinary work with interface to laser physics and biomedical applications;
    8. English communication skills.

    We offer:

    1. Become part of the attoworld – a team of outstanding scientists, engineers and technicians;
    2. Excellent working conditions;
    3. Supportive, highly motivated and multi-disciplinary team.;
    4. A broad range of activities in a dynamically evolving second-to-none endeavour and professional environment with ample opportunities for improving professional skills and qualifications;
    5. The possibility of partially working from home.

    References:

    [1] J. Zhang et al., Light Sci. Appl. 7, 17180 (2018).
    [2] Q. Wang et al., Opt. Lett. 44, 2566 (2019).
    [3] N. Nagl et al., Opt. Lett. 44, 2390 (2019).
    [4] P. Steinleitner, N. Nagl, M. Kowalczyk et al., Nat. Photon. 16, 512 (2022).
    [5] I. Pupeza et al., Nature 577, 52 (2020).

    Please send a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your CV, contact information and your earliest starting date to Dr. Alexander Weigel.

    Contact:
    Dr. Alexander Weigel
    Email: alexander.weigel@mukkozpont.hu

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