Post-Docs and graduate students

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Hannover

Astronomy & Astrophysics Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Post-Docs and graduate students

Job offer from December 18, 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) is a leading research institute in the world specializing in gravitational physics. Around 200 international scientists work at the research labs and offices located in Potsdam-Golm and Hannover, Germany.

The Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover plays a central role in the development of ground- and space-based instruments for gravitational wave detection and Earth gravity field observation. The “laser interferometry in space” group focuses on LISA, GRACE Follow-On and instrumentation for future mission concepts.

We are expanding our team and are looking for several Post-Docs and graduate students (Ph.D. students) in experimental physics and related fields (computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering, digital signal processing) for projects at the forefront of experimental gravitational physics and instrumentation.

Specific topics include

  • Development of prototypes for LISA optical metrology (experimental, optics)
  • Development and testing of the LISA phase measurement system (electronics, DSP)
  • Numerical end-to-end simulation of the LISA measurement chain and development of LISA first-stage data processing algorithms
  • Characterisation of the GRACE Follow-On Laser Ranging Interferometer in orbit
  • Development and experimental verification of optical simulations for complex interferometers (stray light propagation etc.)
  • Development and experimental verification of optomechanical accelerometers and associated optical readout techniques

Your profile

You are highly motivated to work in an international research team and have experience with an excellent track record in two or more of the following research areas:

  1. Laser interferometry
  2. Optical experiments
  3. Optical simulations
  4. Analogue and digital electronics
  5. digital signal processing (FPGA)
  6. Numerical Mathematics
  7. Control engineering

Fluency in English and a collaborative team attitude are essential.

Knowledge of German is not required, although we encourage and support learning German.

We offer

  • Work in an international research environment benefitting from regular interactions with a dedicated project team, as well as the opportunity to benefit from the wide range of expertise at the Albert Einstein Institute.
  • Close collaboration with leading international partners in science, industry and space agencies.
  • Full time position with competitive salary according to the pay scale of public services in Germany for Post-Docs, 75% position for graduate students, fully integrated in comprehensive German social security scheme (health insurance, unemployment insurance etc.).
  • Initial appointment will be for 2 years for Post-Docs, 3 years for graduate students.
  • Graduate students are embedded in top-rated International Max-Planck Research School. Lectures and transferable skills seminars are also available for Post-Docs.
  • Access to world-class laboratories, workshops, libraries and computing facilities.

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics promotes women and particularly encourages women to apply. Handicapped candidates will be given priority in case of comparable professional qualification.

Your application

If you are interested in joining our research team please submit the following documents to by March 31, 2018; use the subject line "Post-Doc Space Interferometry Hannover". Later applications will also be considered in case the position has not been filled.

  • Cover letter stating your research interests and future aspirations (max. 2 pages).
  • Curriculum vitae including publication list.

Send these documents as one single PDF (max. file size 2MB). Additionally, please arrange for two recommendation letters to be sent to the same email address and provide contact details of a third senior scientist who could provide a recommendation letter for you upon request.

If you are interested in joining our research team as a graduate student (Ph.D. student), please apply at and mention your specific fields of interest. Our research group is affiliated with Leibniz Universität Hannover, which awards academic degrees.

For questions, please contact Gerhard Heinzel (), Jens Reiche () or Oliver Gerberding ()

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
Am Mühlenberg 1
14476 Potsdam-Golm

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