Exciting new job opportunities



Collective effects and optomechanics in ultra-cold matter is inviting applications of highly qualified and ambitious early state researchers for three year research or research & development projects. In total 15 positions are available at 12 partners. Candidates hosted at university nodes are expected to participate in the PhD programme of their host institution.

Training Provided

The research training provided will comprise a broad portfolio of technical and transferable skills training on local and network level. The project will be part of a vibrant and stimulating international and inter-sectorial collaboration preparing excellently for a broad range of academic and industrial careers. Strong participation of non-academic partners and the interaction of academic and industrial partners is meant to raise awareness of career opportunities and to foster a culture of knowledge exchange and fruitful interaction between the academic and private sector, in particular to drive the emerging quantum technologies. The researcher is expected to attend about two network events per year and

to interact with the partners at these meetings, via electronic media and secondments. Major secondments to partners, in particular inter-sectorial placement are an intrinsic part of the network experience.

Who can apply

We are looking for excellent and highly motivated candidates with a physics (or possibly for the industrial R&D projects a closely related degree as electric engineering) and strong interest and experience in at least some of the areas of atomic physics, nonlinear optics, laser physics and quantum physics and the emerging quantum technologies. We expect dedication and enthusiasm for experimental or theoretical research combined with openness and curiosity and the ability and willingness to work in a team. Researchers with an excellent BSc degree and the appropriate background can be considered without having a Master degree by some of the partners.

As the project is funded within the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA), researchers can be of any nationality but need to demonstrate transnational mobility, i.e. move from one country to another when taking up their appointment. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. In addition, the researcher must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. This time is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited.

Working conditions and benefits

The successful candidate will be a full time employee and will be paid minimum in accordance with the MSCA rules. The contract period will be for 36 months.

ColOpt is aiming to have the positions filled by August 2017 but there is flexibility of an earlier or potentially slightly later start, if required by personal circumstances.

How to apply

Applications are made to the individual nodes with the contact details and weblinks for applications given below. Applications will be considered until the positions are filled. ColOpt is devoted to promote gender equality and diversity and encourages female researchers to apply.

Full information on how to apply is available on the current vacancies page. For more information contact Prof. Thorsten Ackemann.