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.

  • Job Announcement // laser technical assistant
    At the Center for Molecular Fingerprinting (CMF, mukkozpont.hu) we combine cutting-edge femtosecond laser technologies with novel molecular fingerprinting techniques to advance a new type of mid-infrared spectroscopy on the electric-field level. Our novel infrared molecular fingerprinting is developed and utilized by a highly interdisciplinary team of laser physicists, data scientists, biologists and clinical personal to identify medical conditions in samples of human bioliquids. The consortium provides a translational bridge between laser physics and clinical sciences. Its central goal is to demonstrate how a unique laser technology, that generates ultrashort light pulses, can be utilized for the early detection of diseases such as cancer. more

    The successful candidate will work together with scientists and technicians of the CMF and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) (attoworld.de) in Garching (Germany) to develop next-generation instruments based on bright, coherent, broadband mid-Infrared sources and field-resolved detection. The goal for this position is to test the feasibility of coherent field-resolved infrared metrology with multi-octave spectral coverage and unprecedented detection sensitivity for infrared fingerprinting of blood-based human biofluids (https://www.lasers4life.de/). We are seeking a suitable candidate for filling the position of a Laser Technical Assistant to help performing high-throughput measurements and establishing electric-field infrared spectroscopy.

    The candidate will work in a highly international and interdisciplinary team in direct collaboration with the biorepository, which stores and pre-processes the samples, laser technicians and scientist, which develop and maintain the laser systems, and data analysts.

    Responsibilities:

    1. routine operation of our laser-based infrared spectrometers, consisting of femtosecond-laser oscillators, amplifiers, pulse compressors and electro-optical detection systems;
    2. regular quality control and documentation of the achieved laser parameters;
    3. maintenance and fine adjustment of optomechanical components as well as implementation of improvements of the laser systems;
    4. facilitating the routine analysis of clinical sample;
    5. instruct new team members on how to use the laser spectrometer;
    6. elaboration of SOPs for laser operation in cooperation with biomedical staff.

    Required qualifications:

    1. Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in physics, physical engineering or electrical engineering or related fields;
    2. experience in setup and adjustment of optical systems
    3. good command of English (written and spoken) is a pre-required, command of German and / or Hungarian is advantageous;
    4. ability to work in an international environment;
    5. user-level computer management skills;
    6. quick learning and good communication skills;
    7. ability to work independently after training;
    8. high level of responsibility

    We offer:

    1. a broad range of activities in a dynamically evolving second-to-none endeavour and professional environment;
    2. ample opportunities for improving professional skills and qualifications – including professional trainings and workshops;
    3. position is initially limited to two years with the possibility of an extension.

    We are interested in filling the positions as soon as possible and applications are continuously evaluated until the position is filled.

    Please send a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the post and your CV to Dr. Mihaela Zigman (mihaela.zigman@lmu.de) and Marinus Huber (huber.marinus@physik.uni-muenchen.de).

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  • Job Announcement // laser engineer
    At the Center for Molecular Fingerprinting (CMF, mukkozpont.hu) we 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. more

    The successful candidate will work together with scientists and technicians at the CMF and the Joint LMU-MPQ Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP, attoworld.de) in Garching (Germany) to develop next-generation instruments based on bright, coherent, broadband mid-Infrared sources and field-resolved detection. The goal for this position is to transform latest research results into a technically mature and reliable laser-based measurement system with unprecedented performance. The duration of the position is initially 2 years, with the possibility of extension. For the first two years the place of work will be predominantly at the LAP in Garching (Germany).

    Responsibilities:

    • development of laser system prototypes (including laser oscillators, amplifiers, compressors, conversion and detection modules), based on exiting research setups
    • technical improvement of the laser systems to optimize for example stability, noise performance and user friendliness
    • test and characterize laser and downstream module specifications and resolve potential problems
    • instruct new team members in the usage of the laser and measurement systems

    Required qualifications:

    • master’s degree or higher in physics or a related technical discipline
    • experience with the setup and adjustment of optical systems
    • strong self-motivation and the ability to solve problems independently
    • experience with computer-aided technical drawings (e.g., Autodesk Inventor)
    • ideally, experience with Labview, Python, or another programming language
    • interest in interdisciplinary work with interface to bio-medical applications
    • good command of the English language
    • German language skills are advantageous

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

    References:

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

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  • Post-Doc // physicist with background in nonlinear optics
    At the Center for Molecular Fingerprinting (CMF, mukkozpont.hu) we 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. more

    The successful candidate will work together with scientists and technicians at the CMF and the Joint LMU-MPQ Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP, attoworld.de) in Garching (Germany) to develop next-generation instruments based on bright, coherent, broadband mid-Infrared sources and field-resolved detection. The goal for this position is to develop coherent field-resolved infrared metrology with multi-octave spectral coverage and unprecedented detection sensitivity. The duration of the position is initially 2 years, with the possibility of extension. For the first two years the place of work will be predominantly at the LAP in Garching (Germany).

    Responsibilities:

    • development of electric-field-resolved mid-infrared metrology
    • reaching unprecedented spectral bandwidth and sensitivity in coherent mid-IR detection
    • development of the detection technology for the next-generation instruments for large-scale health monitoring and desease detection with mid-infrared fingerprinting
    • presentation and publication of scientific output

    Required qualifications:
    1. 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. ideally, experience with ultra-sensitive detection and signal processing
    5. interest in interdisciplinary work with interface to biomedical applications
    6. good command of the English language

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

    References:

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

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    Job Announcement // electrical engineer
    At the Center for Molecular Fingerprinting (CMF, mukkozpont.hu) we 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. more

    The successful candidate will work together with scientists and technicians at the CMF and the Joint LMU-MPQ Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP, attoworld.de) in Garching (Germany) to develop next-generation instruments of laser-based instrumentation for field-resolved detection. The goal for this position is to optimize photodetection, to precisely synchronize and stabilize multiple pulsed lasers, and signal acquisition with suitable microwave electronics. The duration of the position is initially 2 years, with the possibility of extension. For the first two years the place of work will be predominantly at the LAP in Garching (Germany).

    Responsibilities:

    1. identify and implement low-noise, high-dynamic range photodection solutions for our instruments;
    2. develop precise feedback loops for synchronization and stabilization of pulsed lasers;
    3. generate and modify microwave signals for clocking low-noise, high-speed data acquisition;
    4. develop the electric/electronic backbone for laser-based instrument prototypes.

    Required qualifications:

    1. master’s degree or equivalent in electrical engineering or a related technical discipline;
    2. experience with ultra-sensitive photodetection, and minimizing detection noise;
    3. experience with electronic signal generation and synchronization including PLLs;
    4. experience with handling electrical signals in the microwave regime;
    5. ideally, experience with FPGA programming;
    6. interest in interdisciplinary work with interface to bio-medical applications;
    7. good command of the English language;
    8. German language skills are advantageous.

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

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

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  • Broadband infrared diagnostics
    Post-Doc // development of microfluidic chips and cuvettes for the mid-infrared spectroscopic investigation of biological fluids and cells for medical purposes
    In collaboration between the Center for Molecular Fingerprinting (CMF, mukkozpont.hu) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich (www.attoworld.de/bird) we combine cutting-edge femtosecond laser technologies with novel molecular fingerprinting techniques to advance a new type of mid-infrared spectroscopy on the electric-field level. The consortium of highly interdisciplinary team of laser physicists, data scientists, molecular biologists and clinical personnel is focusing on demonstration how state-of-the-art laser-based field-resolved infrared spectroscopy (FRS) that generates ultrashort light pulses , can be utilized for health monitoring and disease detection (https://www.lasers4life.de/). more

    We are seeking for candidates interested in development and implementation of microfluidic platforms that enable spatio-temporal control of microfluidic-chamber/cuvette flow through systems (microfluidic chips) and its integration with laser-based field-resolved spectroscopy.This will allow infrared spectroscopy to be effectively applied to specimens in aqueous environments or liquids to obtain label-free chemical information about the sample for the investigation of cells as well as human blood-based bioliquids. The goal is to support and further develop the following three projects:

    1. Infrared fingerprinting of human blood-based bioliquids for disease detection;
    2. Coupling of liquid chromatography to infrared spectroscopy to increase the specificity of the above-mentioned application;
    3. High-throughput infrared measurements of cells (i.e. label-free flow-cytometry).

    The workplace is at the Laboratory for Extreme Photonics (LEX Photonics; www.lex-photonics.de) of the LMU at the research campus Garching, north of Munich. The candidate will work in a highly international and interdisciplinary team in direct collaboration with laser scientists, engineers, developing the next generation laser-based infrared spectrometers, as well as the molecular scintists providing the biological samples. 

    References
    [1] Pupeza, I., Huber, M., et al.
    Field-resolved infrared spectroscopy of biological systems. Nature 577, 52–59 (2020).
    Responsibilities
    • the main subject will be to develop, implement and experimentally apply a microfluidic platform that enables spatio-temporal control of microfluidic-chamber/cuvette flow through systems (microfluidic chips) and its integration with laser-based field-resolved spectroscopy;
    • setting up simple (optical) measurement setups;
    • writing and presenting the results of scientific work;
    • identification and establishment of potential collaborations that can help in the above-mentioned tasks.
    Required qualifications:
    • doctoral degree (or equivalent) in microfluidics, microengineering, physics, biology or chemistry or related fields
    • experience with microfluidic engineering;
    • experience in setup and adjustment of optical systems;
    • ability to work in an international environment;
    • user-level computer management skills;
    • strong motivaton, ability to work independently but also well equipped for collaboration in this multidisciplinary project;
    • ability to quickly adapt to a changing environment;
    • team spirited and like to share your scientific issues with a multicultural and diverse environment;
    • quick learning and good communication skills, excellence in expressing in English, both orally and in written form, command of German and / or Hungarian is advantageous;
    • excellent planning skills, with responsibile mindset while keeping high level of flexibility and accuracy.
    We offer:
    • a unique possibility to work at highly cross-disciplinary field, at the forefront of laser sciences shaping the future of biomedical diagnostics;
    • a broad range of activities in a dynamically evolving second-to-none endeavor and professional environment;
    • ample opportunities for improving professional skills and qualifications – including professional training and workshops;
    • the position is initially limited to two years with the possibility of an extension.

    We are interested in filling the positions as soon as possible, thus the applications are continuously evaluated until the position is filled.

    Please send a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the post and your CV and contact information of two references to Dr. Mihaela Zigman (mihaela.zigman@lmu.de).

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