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University Assistant Postdoctoral, Physics

Vienna (Landbezirke) (AT)
Closing date
20 Feb 2024

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Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Job Type
Academic Posts, Postdocs
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time, Part Time

51 Faculty of Physics
Startdate: 01.03.2024 | Working hours: 40 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc)
Limited until: 29.02.2028
Reference no.: 1939

How can we perform table-top experiments to obtain new insights into the foundations of quantum physics? Can we measure gravitational effects on entangled photons for shining light onto the interface of quantum physics and gravity? Can we exploit quantum photonics technology for novel quantum machine learning, quantum computing and quantum cybersecurity applications? Can we scale-up multiphoton platforms by using integrated optics, quantum-dot single-photon sources and customized two-dimensional nonlinear materials? Such questions are the driving force behind our research. You will be part of our team and develop new ideas, technologies and experiments.

Your personal sphere of play:

As a university assistant (postdoc) on this 4-year position, you will be part of the Walther group, and you will be exploring fundamentals and applications of quantum information science and quantum computing.

Our research combines the development of scalable photonic quantum technology for quantum computing and other quantum information applications with the investigation of fundamental quantum science questions. The main activities reach from quantum control of single photons using solid-state photon sources, integrated waveguide technology, tailored nonlinear media and detectors based on superconductor technology to interferometric precision measurements of weak gravitational forces.

Our Team is part of the Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics and Quantum Information group of the Faculty of Physics as well as the Research Network Quantum Aspects of Spacetime (TURIS).
We are member of the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ), one of the largest quantum hubs in Europe, and of the Austrian Cluster of Excellence (quantA), advancing basic research in quantum sciences, aiming to expand the frontiers of knowledge and thus being the engine for future innovations.

The Walther Group unites an international team of scientists who are passionate about research in quantum optics, quantum information and quantum technologies. Our 35 young researchers, from undergraduate student, PhD candidate to Postdoc are working together on mostly experimental topics in small subgroups. Teamwork is a key factor to our group’s success. Together we assembled a unique skill set and knowledge base in quantum information, quantum computation, quantum communication, quantum foundations as well as quantum-gravity interface.

Your future tasks:

Active participation in research, teaching & administration, which means:

  • You build up an independent research profile in the field of photonic quantum computing.
  • You are involved in research projects and scientific studies in the area of quantum foundations, quantum photonics, multi-photon SPDC sources and the generation of multiphoton states.
  • You publish internationally and give lectures.
  • You apply for projects and raise third-party funds.
  • You prepare and complete a publication-ready habilitation.
  • You hold courses independently within the scope of the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.
  • You supervise your students at quantum photonics, mulit-photon generation, quantum foundations etc..
  • You participate in evaluation measures and in quality assurance.
  • You take on administrative tasks in research, teaching and administration

This is part of your personality:

  • Completed doctoral/PhD studies quantum phyiscs, quantum optics, optics
  • Outstanding dissertation
  • Research competence and initiative proven through international       publications in peer-relevant media
  • Experience in research management and in leading project staff
  • Didactic skills / experience in e-learning
  • IT skills, programming skills (e.g.: Python, Matlab)
  • Knowledge of: experimental quantum photonics, multiphoton generation, quantum foundations such as quantum causality is a significant advantage
  • Excellent knowledge of English (C1) / other foreign language
  • Team player and high social/communicative skills

What we offer:

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible working hours, remote/hybrid and/or part-time work (upon agreement).

Inspiring working atmosphere: You are a part of an international academic team in a healthy and fair working environment.

Good public transport connections: Your workplace in the center of beautiful Vienna is easily accessible by public transport.

Internal further training & Coaching: Opportunity to deepen your skills on an ongoing basis. There are over 600 courses to choose from – free of charge.

Fixed-term contract and fair salary: The basic salary of EUR 4,351.90 (14 times a year) for a period of 4 years, increases if we can credit professional experience.

Equal opportunities for everyone: We look forward to diverse personalities in the team!

It is that easy to apply:

  • With your scientific curriculum vitae / letter of intent
  • With your list of publications
  • With your summary of research interests (max. 1 p.)
  • Doctoral Degree 
  • Contact details of persons who could provide referece letters
  • Via our  job portal/ Apply now -  button

If you have any content questions, please contact:

Philip Walther

We look forward to new personalities in our team! 
The University of Vienna has an anti-discriminatory employment policy and attaches great importance to equal opportunities, the advancement of women and diversity. We lay special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions among the academic and general university staff and therefore expressly encourage qualified women to apply. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates.

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​Application deadline: 02/20/2024

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