PhD position (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-riven short-pulse light sources in a broad spectral range in combination with methods of nonlinear spectroscopy. 

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

The Max-Born-Institute invites applications for the

PhD position (m/f/d)

Direct laser writing of photonic chips for applications in the classical and quantum regimes

Job profile:

The goal of the project is the realization, characterization, and application of micro-integrated, non-hermitian systems based on tunable 3d networks of optical waveguides.

More specifically, the principal objective is to use few-cycle laser pulses to manufacture photonic chips with tunable propagation constants and to demonstrate their operation in the classical as well as in the quantum regimes.

This PhD position is supported by a Leibniz Grant in the frame of the Leibniz Collaborative Excellence funding program. The researcher will thus be a part of a pluridisciplinary team. Aside from the MBI, the network of excellence at play in this project includes the Humboldt University (group of Prof. Busch, optical design and modelization) and the Fraunhofer IZM Berlin (Dr. Gunnar, expert intest, integration, and micropackaging).


Required is a Master‘s degree in physics or in a related area. The ideal candidate is expected to show a truly impressive motivation to learn by doing, a strong inclination for experimental work, and a taste for taking up ambitious challenges. Since the success of this project will largely depend on the quality of the collaboration with the theoreticians (group of Prof. Busch), a solid background in classical optics is absolutely necessary. Prior education in the fields of laser microprocessing, quantum optics and non-hermitian photonics will help the candidate to progress quickly, but an in-depth knowledge of all these topics is not expected. The exact contour of the project will, in part, depend on the specific profile of the candidate.


MBI offers a 3-years appointment with a salary according to the German salary scheme for the public sector (TVöD Bund) (75%). Earliest start date: September 2020.

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 family-friendly by the "family audit“. Please use the button "Apply online" and upload your application, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcript of grades and two letters of reference, electronically via the MBI online recruiting platform at https://mbi-berlin.de/de/karriere.

The deadline for applications is July 15th 2020.