Applications are invited for three PhD scolarships in the groups of Prof. Labadie at the 1st Physics Institute in Cologne and Dr. Minardi at the Institute of Applied Physics in Jena. Within the ALSI project, two positions are offered in Cologne and one in Jena to work on the development of cutting-edge integrated optics technologies for stellar interferometry. The ALSI consortium is formed by the Universities of Cologne and Jena, and by the Max-Planck Institute of Astronomy in Heidelberg, which are among the major institutions in the field of astronomical instrumentation involved in international projects such as VLTI, E-ELT, ALMA, LBT and SOFIA.
In Jena, the student will optimize new laser-writing technologies to fabricate novel infrared integrated optics components. In Cologne, the student(s) will work either on the astronomical characterization of such components, or on the development of the theory of fringe tracking exploiting the schemes offered by the integrated-optics approach.
She/He should have strong interest and background in fields associated to astronomical instrumentation, e.g. optics, mechanics, computer programming. The working language is English. The salary is based on the E13 TV-L scale (50%-full-time).
Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The closing date for application is 01.09.2014, or until the position is filled.
Applicants must send a single PDF file containing a CV, education transcript, and a short statement of research interests to labadie(at)ph1.uni-koeln.de, stefano.minardi(at)uni-jena.de and jpott(at)mpia.de. The names of two referees to whom references will be asked must be provided.
No benefits information has been provided by the employer.