City:  Jena
Date:  Jun 26, 2022

Student Assistant / Intern/ Thesis Student Photonic Quantum Technology (IOF-2022-37)

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. Fraunhofer IOF is also pioneering applied quantum technology, providing innovative solutions to science and industry wherever quantum optical phenomena may lead to revolutionary applications.


For the Department of Emerging Technologies of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF), we are seeking highly motivated research students to join the »Quantum Communication Technologies« group. Research in the 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

We are seeking an APPLIED RESEARCH STUDENT with interest in experimental physics, optical communications, or quantum science to support our team in a research project related to:

  • Experimental characterization of four-wave mixing processes in nonlinear X(3) resonators
  • Generation and optimization of dissipative structures and ultrashort pulses


What you bring to the table

  • Student in physics, laser and optics technologies, or equivalent
  • Outstanding performance in studies
  • Lab-experience with nonlinear optics and/or pulsed laser dynamics preferred
  • Experience in experimental automation preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English language
  • Applicants should be motivated to work on research projects related to quantum technology, experimental quantum optics, or quantum communication for at least 3 months.


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


Renumeration according to the general work agreements for employing assistant staff.


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. Remuneration according to the general works agreement for employing assistant staff.


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: 25198                Application Deadline: 06/27/2022


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