Postdoctoral researcher in physics, physics didactics or electrical engineering (23-300-QTZ (B))

The art of measurement — made in Germany. Striving to perfect it is the mission of the 2100 employees of PTB, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt. As Germany’s national metrology institute and a leading center of research, we operate in an international environment to develop world-class measurement standards. We at PTB work to ensure that people and organizations can trust the measurements they use.

Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), with more than 2900 employees at its two locations in Hamburg and Zeuthen, is one of the world's leading research centers. Its research focuses on decoding the structure and function of matter, from the smallest particles of the universe to the building blocks of life. In this way, DESY contributes to solving the major questions and urgent challenges facing science, society and industry.

As part of a cooperation between PTB and DESY, we are looking to fill the following position for PTB’s Quantum Technology Competence Center (QTZ) and the DESY team (Center for Quantum Technology and Applications): Postdoctoral researcher in physics, physics didactics or electrical engineering; Remuneration Group 13 TVöD Bund / TV-AVH ○ Three-year fixed term ○ Full-time (39 hours/week). The employment contract will be concluded with PTB for 1.5 years and with DESY for another 1.5 years. The place of employment for the entire term is Zeuthen, Germany.

Your activity:

Your tasks:

Building on the latest research, you will develop advanced training offerings in close collaboration with a range of participants in a national network of universities, research institutions, industry partnerships, and other groups interested in advanced QT education and training. This work will include:

  • Developing, implementing and evaluating advanced training offerings in the field of quantum technologies (including quantum computing applications)
  • Surveying the need for advanced training in this field
  • Addressing different target groups and covering a broad range of professional expertise, for example
  • overview-type offerings examining key areas of QT, especially in the field of quantum computing
  • offerings with a focus on specific applications
  • developing suitable formats (digital/online, on-site programs, hands-on training)
  • Curating information on current developments in the field of quantum technologies and sharing it in workshops
  • Closely collaborating with experts from various QT fields and from physics didactics
  • Supporting the coordination of advanced QT training activities
  • Carrying out your own research and development work in the field of basic and advanced QT training
  • As part of the network of basic and advanced training in QT, you will be in close exchange with other junior researchers in this field and participate in a joint mentoring and advanced training program.

Your profile:

Your profile:

  • You have completed your university studies (master’s degree or German Diplom) and have a doctor’s degree in physics, physics didactics, electrical engineering or a comparable subject with an overall grade of “very good” or the equivalent for non-German degrees.You have excellent knowledge of quantum physics and/or a field of quantum technology.
  • You are willing to familiarize yourself with empirical research and evaluation methods.
  • You are a strong team player with excellent communication skills.
  • You are highly committed and able to perform scientific work in an independent manner.
  • You have a very good command of German and English, both spoken and written.
  • You are willing to travel for work.

We offer:

  • Work-life integration: We offer flexible working arrangements and conditions (part time, flextime, work from home, telework, compensation days) to help you manage your family, care and career responsibilities in all of life’s phases.
  • Transparent terms: Remuneration at PTB in accordance with Germany’s collective agreement for federal-level public service employees (TVöD Bund) and at DESY with the collective agreement of the TV-AVH employers’ association in Hamburg, 30 days of paid vacation, an employment-based pension plan for employees covered by the collective agreement.
  • Jobticket: We take environmental and climate protection seriously. To encourage commuting by public transportation, we offer a subsidy towards the cost of the Deutschlandticket Job.
  • Inclusion: For people with disabilities, we offer an inclusive corporate culture and a range of integrative programs.
  • Learning opportunities: We want to help you get ahead by offering a wide range of training and development programs to expand and enhance your skills.

This is important to us:

PTB and DESY are equal opportunity employers and strongly encourage applications from female candidates. At the same time, we strive to reflect the diversity of our society. We therefore welcome every application submitted, regardless of the candidate’s gender, cultural or social background, religion, ideology or sexual identity. If equally suited to the position, disabled persons or persons having equivalent status under German law will be given preference.

Your application:

By applying for this position, you implicitly agree to your documents being accessed by all members of the selection committee (PTB and DESY).

For subject-related questions concerning this position, please contact QTZ: Dr. Oliver Bodensiek, phone: +49 531 592-9454, email: oliver.bodensiek(at)

We look forward to receiving your online application by 23 August 2023 under Ref. No. 23-300-QTZ. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications sent via email.

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)
Abbestraße 2-12
D-10587 Berlin-Charlottenburg

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