Postdoctoral Research Associate (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.

MBI invites applications for a

Postdoctoral Research Associate (m/f/d)

to work in the theory of ultrafast nonlinear optics and nonlinear waveguide optics.

Job profile:

Connected with the development of new high-energy MIR laser systems the theoretical study of ultrafast nonlinear optics in the mid-infrared spectral range is of extraordinary scientific interest. The mid-infrared spectral range is unique in many ways and differs in several important characteristics from the near-infrared or visible spectral range and typify a new, less explored regime of nonlinear optics. The task for the postdoctoral research associate to be hired will be directed into this field with the aim to study new phenomena of the complex interaction of high-intensity ultrashort mid-infrared pulses with matter and to develop new theoretical methods for its understanding. In particular ultrafast nonlinear processes of ultrashort MIR pulses in hollow waveguides in the anomalous dispersion region in a parameter region previously not studied will be investigated such as solitonic phenomena for distortion-less pulse delivery, few-cycle soliton self-compression and soliton-induced ultra-broadband supercontinuum generation. The postdoctoral associate will be connected with a team of experimental researchers that has recently developed a mid-infrared OPCPA laser system with state of the art highest energy. In this intense cooperation the theoretical part has the aim to deliver an understanding of the underlying physics of experimentally observed phenomena or to propose the study of new effects.

The entire project will be realized in an optimum environment of available theoretical and experimental experience of the cooperation partners at the MBI. This will provide the necessary basis for achieving essential results within shortest time as well as for their dissemination at international level.


PhD in physics, experience in the theory of nonlinear optics and laser physics, as well as in numerical methods.


MBI offers a 2-year appointment. The payment is according to the German TVöD salary scheme for scientists in public research institutions.

MBI is an equal opportunity employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. If equally qualified, severely handicapped persons are given preference.

MBI supports the reconcilability of family and working life and is certified as a family-friendly by the "family audit".

Please use the button "Apply online" and upload your application including cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates and description of previous professional activities electronically via the MBI online recruiting platform at https://mbi-berlin.de/career.

The deadline for applications is December 31th, 2020.

For further information about the project, please contact Dr. Joachim Herrmann (jherrman(at)mbi-berlin.de or Dr. Anton Husakou, (Anton.Gusakov(at)mbi-berlin.de).