PhD in Experimental Quantum 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

Matter wave interferometry with complex molecules


The OTIMA interferometer is a worldwide unique instrument developed for testing the validity of quantum physics on large mass scales and the quantum-to-classical transition. It has proven to be a versatile tool for quantum experiments with molecular clusters and is currently used to investigate giant tailor-made molecules. These studies shall be extended to polypeptides and proteins in the mass range of between 1.000 – 100.000 amu. This requires innovative developments of new particles sources, explorations of photo-ionization and photo-depletion mechanisms as well as extended measurements in a refined interferometer.

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 research instrument at the forefront of quantum physics with a conceptual interface to physical chemistry and precision metrology. 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 would be willing to provide a reference on request 

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