Scientist (m/w/d) System engineering of an optical clock based on Rubidium two-photon spectroscopy

Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH), Berlin

The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH) is an application-oriented research institute in the fields of high-frequency electronics, photonics and quantum physics. It researches electronic and optical components, modules and systems based on compound semiconductors. These devices are key enablers that address the needs of today’s society in fields like communications, energy, health, and mobility. It covers the entire value chain from design to ready-for-delivery systems.

In the Joint Lab Integrated Quantum Sensors, we are looking for a research staff member for the development, assembly and characterization of an optical clock based on two-photon spectroscopy of rubidium vapor. The goal of this project is to realize a compact optical clock for demonstration on a small satellite mission. We are responsible for the development and qualification of the compact spectroscopy unit and the systems engineering of the payload for the satellite.

Reference number 15/24

Your tasks

  • Within our team at FBH, you are responsible for the design and system engineering of the scientific payload for a small satellite platform.
  • You coordinate interface requirements between the subsystems of the payload and the satellite bus together with our project partners.
  • You develop and perform test procedures for electro-optical components and participate in their environmental qualification with respect to requirements of a small satellite mission.
  • You develop and assemble a development model of an optical clock payload and participate in its operation, automation and characterization in our laboratories.
  • Your tasks will also include the control of the processes for product assurance including the preparation of the corresponding documentation.

Your profile

You have completed a scientific university degree (master's/diploma) in physics or in engineering, e.g. aerospace, physical engineering, electrical engineering or a related natural science or engineering course of study. A doctorate in physics or a similar field with a focus on atomic physics or laser technology is desirable.

You are enthusiastic about physical-technical topics and have relevant knowledge in two or more of the following areas

  • Systems engineering, mechanical and electrical CAD, FEM simulations
  • Instrumentation, control systems, embedded systems
  • Programming FPGA
  • Space engineering
  • Optical frequency metrology, frequency combs, laser spectroscopy, optical clocks

You ideally have experience in project work, project coordination and industrial projects. The ability to cooperate with an interdisciplinary team as well as to work independently on own tasks is expected. A careful and structured way of working as well as a good knowledge of the English language are required.

We offer

  • challenging and interdisciplinary activities in a working environment with excellent technical equipment
  • a safe and modern workplace on the science campus in Adlershof with excellent public transportation connections
  • an informal working atmosphere with open communication and mutual support
  • networking with partners from industry and research as well as a professional work organization geared towards the implementation of space projects
  • individual development opportunities and further training according to professional and personal needs
  • 30 vacation days (based on a five-day week), flexible working hours through flexitime, additional flex days and individual working time agreements
  • access to health services on campus (yoga, running club, movement break and soft skills training) via the Adlershof health network
  • employment, remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective agreement for the public service (TVöD Bund) including annual special payment, capital-forming benefits (VWL) and company pension scheme (VBL)

FBH actively supports the compatibility of family and career. Particular attention is paid to gender equality. The institute strives to increase the proportion of women in this field. Applications from women are therefore particularly welcome. Severely disabled persons will be given preference if equally qualified. The position can be filled at the earliest possible date and is initially limited to two years. A long-term working arrangement is being sought.

Have we piqued your interest? Then we look forward to receiving your online application. Please click on "Apply online" and send us your complete application documents by 09.06.2024.

Questions about the position will be answered Dr. Markus Krutzik Tel.: +49 30 6392-2594, email: markus.krutzik(at)fbh-berlin.de. Questions about the application process will be answered by Janine Falkenberg: Tel: 030 6392- 58217, janine.falkenberg(at)fbh-berlin.de.