Department Head "Laser Development" (m/f/d)

Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI), Berlin

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.

MBI invites applications for the position

Department Head "Laser Development" (m/f/d)

Job profile:

Currently, MBI seeks the appointment of the head for department B3 of the institute, devoted to “Laser Development”. This department is part of the Transient Electronic Structure and Nanophysics Division of the institute, led by Prof. Dr. Stefan Eisebitt. The main role of the B3 department head is to lead the development and adoption of the next generation of HHG driver laser systems. Research in department B3 is focused on the development of state-of-the-art short pulse laser systems in conjunction with their application, tightly connecting with the research on ultrafast phenomena in condensed matter and magnetic systems. This currently includes in particular state-of-the-art, high average power OPCPA systems, their application as drivers for secondary generation of x-ray pulses e.g. via high harmonic generation, and generally for pump-probe experiments at a variety of wavelengths. It will be the task of the future department head to coordinate the research activities in department B3, and to assume responsibility for the development of new and promising future research directions, including the attraction of external funding.


The successful candidate holds a PhD degree in Physics and has a proven ability for performing high level research on the development of state-of-the-art ultrashort pulse laser systems. Experience in the management of a research team and a capability to provide inspiring leadership is desirable, experience in the acquisition of third-party funding is an advantage.


The position is tenured. Salary will be according to the German TVöD (Bund) at the E15 level, provided the necessary requirements are met.

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 by the audit workandfamily (audit berufundfamilie) as a family-friendly employer.

Please use the button "Apply online" and upload your application with a CV, a description of the research experience, publication list, certificates, contact details of references and/or recommendation letters electronically via the MBI online recruiting platform at https://mbi-berlin.de/career. The deadline for applications is January 15th, 2024.

For further information and inquires please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan Eisebitt.