PhD in Experimental Physics

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University of Vienna, Austria
31 July, 2015


University of Vienna
Boltzmanngasse 5
Vienna 1090
48° 13' 17.8608" N, 16° 21' 22.6152" E

Cold Biomolecular Beams for Matter Wave Interferometry


Quantum interferometer with atoms and molecules has reached a state of maturity that invites to answer the question to what extent one may create quantum superpositions of objects at the interface to the living world. This requires in particular innovative developments of new particles sources.  The proposed PhD shall explore methods to load with high efficiency singly charged high mass biomolecules, such as proteins and strands of DNA into a buffer gas loaded ion guide which can cool and mass select these particles for subsequent photo-depletion and photo-ionization experiments. Various photo-depletion mechanisms shall be explored as the basis for next-generation interferometry with fragile molecular species. In parallel we will work on new concepts for advanced matter-waves.

Do you want to be part of our team?   
We are searching for a highly motivated person with a master degree in experimental physics, ideally   with experience in atomic or molecular beam methods, laser physics, vacuum technology, interferometry, advanced data acquisition and quantum optics. Applications from experimental physical chemistry will also be considered.  A very good master degree is the local standard admission requirement but we can also consider a 4-year bachelor ‘with honors’ in special cases.  
If you like to work in a team and if you combine the passion for a challenging experiment with a very solid background in physics or chemistry that is also reflected in your academic certificates, we will be happy to talk to you about our mutual interests and perspectives.

We offer

A comprehensive set of instruments at the forefront of molecular beam physics with a conceptual interface to quantum interferometry and physical chemistry. You will be working with state-of-the-art research equipment in a dedicated young research team.               
The University of Vienna does not charge any tuition fees and your PhD will be paid according to the local Austrian rules, currently: ca. 2.000 Euros gross per month, 14 times per year.

Start date: The doctoral thesis can be started any time after July 2015. 

Please send your complete application as a single PDF file to:  
Univ. Prof. Dr. Markus Arndt
Universität Wien, Fakultät für Physik, Boltzmanngasse 5,
A-1090 Wien

mail: markus [dot] arndt [at] univie [dot] ac [dot] at  

Documents to be included:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copies of your academic certificates
  • Letter of motivation (ca. 1 page) why you would like to join our team 
  • List of your publications
  • List of your talks given at seminars or conferences
  • Any other scientific merit indicators
  • Names of at least 2 academic supervisors who are willing to provide a reference on request 

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