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  • Ph.D. // Development of ultra-stable dual-oscillator mid-infrared laser systems

    In a joint effort, the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (LMU), the Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) and the Center for Molecular Fingerprinting Research (CMF) combine cutting-edge femtosecond laser technologies [1-3] with novel molecular fingerprinting techniques [4,5] to advance a new type of mid-infrared spectroscopy on the electric-field level. The novel systems are developed and utilized by a highly interdisciplinary team of physicists, data scientists, biologists and clinical personal to identify, via minuscule variations in the infrared response, medical conditions such as cancer in body liquid samples.

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    CMF Laser PhD

    The successful candidate will join the attoworld team in Garching, Germany, to develop next-generation instruments based on bright, coherent, broadband mid-Infrared sources and field-resolved detection. This project aims to reach unprecedented phase and frequency stability with our Cr:ZnS laser platforms and strives to set up a dual-oscillator-based instrument for ultra-rapid optical sampling.

    Tasks:

    1. Understanding and improving the existing design to push the phase and amplitude noise limits of the Cr:ZnS laser systems;
    2. Realizing and advancing dual-oscillator-based spectroscopy;
    3. In-depth understanding and measurements of laser characteristics at today s limits;

    Required qualifications:

    1. Excellent Master’s degree in physics or equivalent;
    2. Enthusiasm for experimental research;
    3. Strong academic record;
    4. Understanding of optics, lasers and electronics is beneficial;
    5. Good English language skills.

    We offer:

    1. Welcoming and friendly work environment;
    2. Access to the latest technologies, state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment;
    3. Excellent research and working conditions;

    References:

    [1] J. Zhang et al., Light Sci. Appl. 7, 17180 (2018).
    [2] Q. Wang et al., Opt. Lett. 44, 2566 (2019).
    [3] N. Nagl et al., Opt. Lett. 44, 2390 (2019).
    [4] I. Pupeza et al., Nature Photon. 9, 721 (2015).
    [5] I. Pupeza et al., Nature 577, 52 (2020).

    Please send your CV with a motivation letter, your master/study transcripts and your earliest starting date to Dr. Alexander Weigel.

    Contact:
    Dr. Alexander Weigel
    Email: alexander.weigel@mpq.mpg.de

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  • Post-Doc // Ultrafast field-resolved infrared spectroscopy for biosensing (m/f/d)

    In a joint effort, the Center for Molecular Fingerprinting Research (CMF), the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich and the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics combine cutting-edge femtosecond laser technologies [1-3] with novel molecular fingerprinting techniques [4,5] to advance a new type of mid-infrared spectroscopy on the electric-field level. The novel systems are developed and utilized by a highly interdisciplinary team of physicists, data scientists, biologists and clinical personal to identify, via minuscule variations in the infrared response, medical conditions such as cancer in body liquid samples.

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    CMF Laser PostDoc

    The successful candidate will join the attoworld in Garching, Germany (https://www.attoworld.de), to develop next-generation instruments based on bright, coherent, broadband mid-Infrared sources and field-resolved detection. The goal for this position is to further develop coherent field-resolved infrared metrology with multi-octave spectral coverage and unprecedented detection sensitivity, based on a new laser platform. The duration of the position is initially 2 years, with the possibility of extension.

    Tasks:

    1. Development of super-octave mid-infrared pulse generation and field-resolved infrared detection;
    2. Nonlinear optical simulations;
    3. Reaching unprecedented spectral bandwidth and sensitivity with coherent mid-IR detection;
    4. Application of the developed instrument in physical and bio-medical experiments;
    5. Presentation and publication of scientific output.

    Required qualifications:

    1. Excellent PhD in physics or a related discipline;
    2. Experience with ultrafast lasers and nonlinear optics;
    3. Ideally, experience with infrared and/or nonlinear spectroscopies;
    4. Strong self-motivation and the ability to solve problems independently;
    5. Interest in interdisciplinary work with interface to biomedical applications.;
    6. Good command of the English language.

    We offer:

    1. Become part of the attoworld - a team of outstanding experts in ultrafast laser development, attosecond physics, ultrasensitive metrology and advanced multilayer coatings;
    2. Access to the latest technologies, state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment;
    3. Excellent research and working conditions;
    4. Supportive, highly motivated, and multi-disciplinary team;
    5. Pleasant working atmosphere with many learning opportunities;
    6. Open-minded, inspiring, dynamic and international atmosphere;
    7. Personal and professional training programmes.

    References:

    [1] J. Zhang et al., Light Sci. Appl. 7, 17180 (2018).
    [2] Q. Wang et al., Opt. Lett. 44, 2566 (2019).
    [3] N. Nagl et al., Opt. Lett. 44, 2390 (2019).
    [4] I. Pupeza et al., Nature Photon. 9, 721 (2015).
    [5] I. Pupeza et al., Nature 577, 52 (2020).

    Please send a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your CV and the contact information of two references to Dr. Alexander Weigel.

    Contact:
    Dr. Alexander Weigel
    Email: weigel@mukkozpont.hu

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  • Job Announcement // System / Lab Automation Engineer (f/m/o) / 2 positions

    The research Center for Molecular Fingerprinting (CMF, www.mukkozpont.hu ) develops in collaboration with the Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich (LMU) and the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) cutting-edge femtosecond-attosecond laser technologies [1-5] for a novel cross-molecular detection of changes in the molecular composition of biological systems: infrared electric-field molecular fingerprinting [6]. The novel systems are utilized by a highly interdisciplinary team of physicists, data scientists, biologists and clinical personal to identify, via minuscule variations in the infrared response, diseases such as cancer in body liquid samples (https://www.lasers4life.de/)

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    CMF Job

    The successful candidate will work, together with scientists and technicians from CMF and LMU at the Laboratory for Extreme Photonics (LEX, www.lex-photonics.de) on the research campus Garching, north of Munich, on next-generation instruments based on bright, coherent, broadband mid-infrared sources and field-resolved detection.

    Depending on qualifications and experience, the successful candidate is supposed to deal with one of the two main areas of focus: (i) Transform the latest research results into a technically mature and reliable laser-based measurement system with unprecedented performance with a special emphasis on automation, diagnostic, and data acquisition. (ii) Integrate and automatize microfluidic chip and automated sample delivery into a spectrometer measurement system.

    The combined goal of both positions is to bring a complex scientific device consisting of latest ultrafast lasers, nonlinear conversion stages, vacuum and gas handling system, high-throughput blood sample handling system, ultra-sensitive multi-channel detection and high-speed data acquisition to the state of reliable 24 h operation.

    The duration of the position is initially 2 years, with the possibility of extension.

    Learn more about our vision under
    www.attoworld.de/our-vision.html

    Tasks:

    1. Transform latest research instruments into a reliable tool for spectroscopy;
    2. Automate procedures like start-up of complex laser systems, or gas and vacuum handling;
    3. Integrate diagnostic devices and sensors for continuous performance analysis;
    4. Automate sample injection and fluid handling for high-throughput human blood sample studies;
    5. Develop a complex scientific measurement device into a reliable and user-friendly instrument for 24 h operation.

    Required qualifications:

    1. Excellent Master’s degree or higher in automation and robotics, or a related technical discipline;
    2. Experience with automation hardware and software;
    3. Experience with NI Labview and programming languages like Python or C++;
    4. Experience with PCB development and electronics is advantageous;
    5. Experience with laser systems is advantageous;
    6. Experience with optical systems and sensors is advantageous;
    7. Strong self-motivation and the ability to solve problems independently;
    8. Interest in interdisciplinary work at the interface to bio-medical applications;
    9. Good command of the English language, German language skills are advantageous.

    We offer:

    1. Access to the latest research technologies and state-of-the-art laboratories;
    2. A supportive, highly motivated, and multi-disciplinary team;
    3. A pleasant working atmosphere with many learning opportunities;
    4. An open-minded, inspiring, dynamic and international team;
    5. A competitive salary, similar to German public service pay scale;
    6. Personal and professional training programmes.

    References:

    [1] J. Zhang et al., Light Sci. Appl. 7, 17180 (2018).
    [2] Q. Wang et al., Opt. Lett. 44, 2566 (2019).
    [3] N. Nagl et al., Opt. Lett. 44, 2390 (2019).
    [4] S. Sederberg et al., Nature Commun. 2, 430 (2020)
    [5] I. Pupeza et al., Nature Photon. 9, 721 (2015).
    [6] I. Pupeza et al., Nature 577, 52 (2020).

    For application, please send the following documents to to Eszter Márton-Szűcs, as the HR associate:

    1. A brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and your qualification;
    2. Your CV;
    3. Your bachelor and master transcripts;
    4. Contact information for two references.
    Contact:
    Eszter Márton-Szűcs
    Email: martonszucs@mukkozpont.hu

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