Our vision of advancing ultrafast metrology and its applications offers job opportunities in laser development, basic research on extremely fast processes in condensed matter, highly accurate and sensitive spectroscopy of biological samples, and electric-field molecular fingerprinting of clinical samples as well as in technical support. To learn more about our grand goals, please watch the video on the “our vision” tab. If they have aroused your interest, please feel free to upload your application as advised below. Whilst we are always open for unsolicited applications, this page displays some specific job openings in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP), Center for Advanced Laser Applications (CALA), and Center for Molecular Fingerprinting (CMF).

Our students and postdocs benefit from the access to a world-class infrastructure, a substantial amount of know-how present in our very diverse group, as well as from various carrier-development opportunities offered by the Max Planck Society and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. In return, we expect our new colleagues to be willing to take on ambitious projects, accepting the risks that are unavoidable in research at the forefront of basic research.

  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, broadband infrared diagnostics
    M.Sc. // field-resolved infrared spectroscopy of living plants
    The group of Broadband Infrared Diagnostics (BIRD group) devoted the laser-based field-resolved infrared spectroscopy (FRS) for applications in biology and medicine. In the proposed master’s project, we want to test the ability of our technique to monitor carbohydrate metabolism in plant leaves in real time. In general, mid-infrared spectroscopy is sensitive to the molecular composition of a specimen. Recently, we were able to show for the first time that the increased sensitivity of FRS by orders of magnitude enables us to detect the infrared spectra of living plant leaves [1]. In a follow-up work we plan to evaluate whether temporal changes in the spectrum of a plant leaf, day-night cycles, can be detected and whether these changes can be related to the build-up of carbohydrates during photosynthesis. more


    1. conducting FRS measurements on plant leaves
    2. high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) of leaf carbohydrates
    3. analysis of FRS data in comparison to HPLC

    Required qualifications:

    1. Master’s student in Physics, Biophysics or Biology (with strong physical background)

    We offer:

    1. dynamic and friendly work environment
    2. the BIRD group is a multi-national collaborative venture involving laser specialists, molecular life scientists and mathematicians


    [1] Pupeza I., Huber, et al.
    Field-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy of Biological Systems
    Nature 577, 52 (2020)

    Additional information:
    broadband infrared diagnostics group

    BIRD Master position

    Please send a cover letter, CV and your records to:

    Dr. Mihaela Zigman
    Email: mihaela.zigman@mpq.mpg.de

    Dr. Frank Fleischmann
    phone: + Email: frank.fleischmann@physik.uni-muenchen.de

    Dr. Marinus Huber
    Email: huber.marinus@physik.uni-muenchen.de


  • Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, attosecond metrology 2.0
    Post-Doc // synthesis of broadband optical waveforms
    The Laboratory for Attosecond Physics is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with strong experience in ultrafast laser physics to work on the synthesis of broadband optical waveforms and their applications for attosecond metrology. For waveform synthesis, we will use a newly developed laser system that is expected to deliver carrier-envelope-stabilized supercontinuum at a repetition rate of 50 kHz. Subcycle light transients formed from this supercontinuum will be sufficiently intense to nonlinearly generate transients in the mid-infrared and ultraviolet regions, opening up exciting opportunities for applications. We envisage two main applications within this framework. The first one is two-dimensional electronic-vibrational molecular fingerprinting (https://www.attoworld.de/our-vision.html). The second one is PHz-scale steering of electrons, where we use subcycle light transients to inject charge carriers and then observe their dynamics by measuring the time-dependent electric field of transmitted or reflected light. more


    1. development and maintenance of research equipment and infrastructure;
    2. engagement in attosecond experiments that involve field-resolved measurements with broadband optical waveforms;
    3. preparation of manuscripts for publication, conference presentations, supervision of PhD and Masters students;

    Required qualifications:

    1. scientific excellence;
    2. deep understanding of ultrafast laser science;
    3. good communication skills;
    4. ability to work as a part of a team;

    We offer:

    access to a world-class infrastructure, as well as to a substantial amount of know-how present in our very diverse group; there are various career-development opportunities offered by the Max Planck Society.

    ATTO Lab

    Please send a cover letter, your CV with a list of publications, and upon request, arrange for three letters of recommendation to:

    Dr. Matthew Weidman
    Phone: +49 89 32905 560
    Email: matthew.weidman@mpq.mpg.de


  • Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Labor für Attosekundenphysik
    Job Announcement // WerkstudentIn
    Dem Labor für Attosekundenphysik/LAP (www.attoworld.de) unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Ferenc Krausz gehören etwa 100 Wissenschaftler aus dem internationalen Umfeld an. Forschungsschwerpunkt im LAP ist die Untersuchung der schnellsten bisher experimentell zugänglichen physikalischen Phänomene. Zudem werden - in enger Zusammenarbeit mit den führenden Unternehmen der Ultrakurzpulslaserbranche – Laserquellen und Dünnschicht-Optiken entwickelt und unmittelbar in der Forschung zur Anwendung gebracht. Das gruppeneigene Technikteam unterstützt die Wissenschaftler hierbei u.a. in der Konstruktion, Fertigung, Planung, dem Aufbau und der Wartung der Laser und Experimente. more

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