City:  Jena
Date:  Jun 19, 2024


The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 800 employees work with an annual research budget of 3.0 billion euros. 

The Fraunhofer - Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena conducts applied research in the field of photonics and develops innovative optical systems to control light - from its generation and manipulation to its application. The services offered by the institute cover the entire photonic process chain ranging from opto-mechanical and opto-electronical system design to the manufacturing of customer-specific solutions and prototypes.


In the department »Emerging Technologies« we are seeking highly motivated applied research student for our group »Quantum Communication Technologies« with interest in experimental physics, optical communications, or quantum science to support our team in a research project related to laser frequency locking and next-generation quantum key distribution systems.

Research in this group focuses on applied quantum technologies - from methods for generating and manipulating quantum states of light, to system-level applications in quantum communication and remote sensing. Our goal is to transfer quantum technologies from the laboratory to applications in fiber networks and long-distance satellite links.


What you will do

  • Frequency stabilization of laser systems for quantum interference experiments
  • Development of next-generation quantum communication systems
  • Development of single photon sources


What you bring to the table

  • Student in physics, photonics, laser- and optotechnologies, or equivalent
  • Outstanding performance in studies
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English (C1)
  • Motivation to work on research projects related to quantum technology for at least 6 months along studies; longer duration preferred
  • Experience in designing and implementing electronic feedback systems preferred
  • Lab-experience with optical components preferred
  • Python programming skills preferred


What you can expect

  • Opportunity to work in challenging R&D projects
  • Collegial, open-minded and friendly community 
  • Flexible hours that allow you to balance studies and on-site experience
  • Extensive professional support from scientific mentors
  • Very good connection to public transportation
  • We aim for further collaboration after this project 


Depending on the employment, remuneration is based on the general company agreement on the employment of student staff or on intern remuneration. Working hours are agreed upon on an individual basis.


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. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. 

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. Please upload a motivation letter (indcluding your availabitlity and preferred kind of employment) as well as a current trabscript of records. We look forward to getting to know you!


Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF 


Requisition Number: 73710                Application Deadline: 06/20/2024


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