City:  Jena
Date:  May 12, 2022

Photonics Engineer for Quantum Computing (IOF-2022-49)

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30,000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros. 

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas.


The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena conducts applied optics research on behalf of industry and as part of publicly funded research projects. The range of services includes system solutions, starting with new design concepts, through technology development, manufacturing and measurement methods to the construction of demonstrators and pilot series for applications.

For the Department of Emerging Technologies, we are seeking a Photonic Engineer to support a team of scientists and engineers  in the development of an optical quantum computer.


What you will do

As the photonics engineer for quantum computing your immediate tasks could include the following:

  • Experimental investigations on quantum technologies setups / active stabilization of interferometric setups
  • Establishing electronic feedback control loops in quantum optical systems
  • Automation of measurement procedures
  • Design and organize transfer of lab model optical setups towards engineering models

Fraunhofer IOF is pioneering applied quantum optics research and offers innovative solutions for science and industry wherever quantum systems have the potential for revolutionary applications. Research topics range from enabling photonic technologies to development of complete quantum communication, quantum imaging, and photonic quantum information processing systems. Fraunhofer IOF provides access to the entire photonics process chain from basic research in nonlinear optics and advanced fiber technology to nanofabrication, micro-assembly and systems integration.

Successful candidates will thus have research opportunities in quantum information science, technology development, applied photonics, and industry.

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What you bring to the table

You have completed a university degree in a scientific or a technical field with a focus on physics or a comparable field of study.

Successful candidates will have a strong background in engineering physics, laser technology, applied optics, or mechatronics. Familiarity with the any of the following is beneficial:

  • Pulsed Laser Systems, Optical parametric oscillators,
  • Pockels Cells and high-speed electro-optic modulation
  • Integrated Optics and Photonic Devices
  • Electronic feedback control loops
  • Frequency combs and laser stabilization
  • Python programming and experimental automatization


Successful candidates will be enthusiastic to take project responsibility in a team with collaborators in academia and industry.

An ability to prepare scientific publications and research proposals, and to present results at local, national, and international research meetings and trade shows is expected.
The ideal candidate is a good team player and fluent in English (written and spoken). Proficiency in German language is also beneficial.


What you can expect

  • Cooperation in a collegial, open-minded team in a well-equipped work environment
  • Personal and professional development opportunities in challenging R&D projects
  • Networking with first-class industrial partners and research groups
  • Access to state-of-the-art research and engineering infrastructure: 
    • Engineering facilities (Fiber technology, nanofabrication, ...)
    • Fibre network and a 40-km lab-to-lab fibre link for quantum communication
    • Free-space optics testbed for satellite quantum communications
    • Flexible working hours and a family-friendly workplace
    • Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD).


The weekly working time is 39 hours. We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD). The weekly working time is 39 hours. The position can also be filled on a part-time base. The position is initially limited to 2 years with possibility for prolongation. 


With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 


Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF 


Requisition Number: 28364                Application Deadline: 06/21/2022


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