Theory Division

Theoretical Quantum Dynamics and Quantum Electrodynamics



PhD student – Nuclear quantum optics problems in a theoretical framework

Nuclear quantum optics offers many fascinating research subjects at the interface between atomic, optical and nuclear physics. The search for versatile tools for enhancing preparation, control and detection in nuclear physics, and the possibility of coherent manipulation of nuclear states is inspiring the start of a new generation of physicists. The incentive of nuclear quantum optics experiments is provided by upcoming large-scale experimental projects such as the Extreme Light Infrastructure in Paris and the X-ray Free Electron Laser in Hamburg, designed to bring laser-matter interaction in a new and unsurpassed regime of laser intensity and frequency.

We are seeking a PhD student to address nuclear quantum optics problems in a theoretical framework. Topics of interest would be the study of coherence and possible optical devices in gamma radiation, precision metrology involving nuclear clocks, or the controlled release of nuclear energy on demand, leading to practical applications such as nuclear batteries.

Applicants should have a MSc degree or equivalent and a strong background in theoretical physics. The applications should include a full scientific CV, academic records documenting the complete course of studies and the names and email addresses for two references. The successful candidate is expected to be highly motivated, fluent in English or German and have good interpersonal communication skills.

The research project will be carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPIK), Saupfercheckweg 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany. Please send your application including CV, list of publications/scientific contributions and MSc certificate by email to Equal opportunity is a cornerstone policy of the Max Planck Society (MPG), and women as well as disabled people are particularly encouraged to apply. This position is open and applicants are invited as of now.

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