We are always looking for talented people to join our team in the AEI 10m Prototype group!

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PhD and Postdoctoral Researchers Positions (m/f/d)

We are currently seeking new PhD students and Postdocs to join the 10m Prototype team and will be involved in all aspects of bringing the Sub-SQL Interferometer online and to design sensitivity. Potential topics will include the design and installation of suspended optics, interferometer control, scattered light mitigation, and noise identification and suppression.

In particular, we are seeking people with experience with precision optics and/or interferometry. Additionally, the applicant should have experience in one or more of the following topics:

  • Quantum optomechanics
  • Low noise, audio band analog electronics
  • Modelling and simulations
  • Mechanical design and analysis, including the use of CAD software
  • Control systems
  • Laser interferometry

It is essential for the applicant to be highly motivated, eager to learn, have strong communication skills, and to effectively work in a team.

For more information on the application process, please contact David Wu (see team).

Masters and Bachelors experimental project (m/f/d)

We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic students and postdocs to contribute to the AEI 10m Prototype project and we welcome unsolicited inquiries. Experience working on lab experiments involving lasers, optics and electronics is desirable, but most important is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn!

Masters and Bachelors students must normally find a source of funding, either via BAföG (typically for German residents) or DAAD (for everyone).

For more information, please get in touch with David Wu by email (see team).

Student HiWi (m/f/d)

We are also looking for highly motivated bachelors students to work as HiWis (wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft) in our laboratory. This is an excellent opportunity to gain some laboratory experience.

The actual tasks will depend on the needs at the time, but could include:

  • Assist setting up experiments
  • Performing measurements with existing apparatus
  • Electronics work, e.g. soldering, cable making, device testing
  • Preparing and cleaning components for use in high vacuum environments
  • Mechanical design of components

We are currently specifically seeking someone with an experience with preparing technical drawings and mechanical design. More information can be found here.

Please contact David Wu for more information (see team).