Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in (Doktorand/in, m/w/d) im Bereich Computational Nanophotonics and Inverse Design gesucht

Open Position for Research Assistant (Doctoral/PhD Candidate, m/f/d) in Computational Nanophotonics and Inverse Design

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The Hannover Center for Optical Technologies (HOT), the Cluster of Excellence PhoenixD, and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering invite applications for the position of a Research Assistant (Doctoral/PhD Candidate, m/f/d) in Computational Nanophotonics and Inverse Design (Salary Scale 13 TV-L "FwN", 100 %) to be filled as soon as possible. The position is initially limited to 3 years and provides the opportunity for further academic qualification, such as a doctoral degree.    

Responsibilities and duties

The selected candidate will work on the simulation and inverse design of plasmonic/dielectric metasurfaces/metamaterials with tunable optical response. You will use in-house and commercial computational electromagnetics software, and develop new numerical models, for example, based on finite-difference techniques. High-performance computing and optimization techniques (deep learning, neural networks, adjoint method, topology optimization) will be exploited for the inverse design process. You will also collaborate with other groups in the Cluster of Excellence PhoenixD.

Hiring requirements

Applicants to the position must have a relevant scientific university degree (Diploma or Master), for example, in physics, optics and photonics, electrical engineering, computer science, or a related field. The ideal candidate must have a strong background in optics / photonics / nanophotonics, computational electromagnetics, and programming (please, motivate these requirements in the cover letter).

Knowledge in optimization techniques, machine learning, and solid-state physics is an asset. You should be willing to work together with experts from a broad background in science and technology. You enjoy programming and solving physics problems via numerical techniques, including on supercomputers and GPU. In addition, excellent communication skills in English, oral as well as written, are expected.

Our offer

As a member of our international team, you have the opportunity to sharpen your scientific profile in a dynamic and excellent research environment and advance in your professional career. We offer a scientifically and intellectually inspiring atmosphere at a leading technical university with a long tradition of research in optics and photonics.

The Leibniz University Hannover is home to several specialised institutes and organisations in this fast-evolving research field, e.g. the Cluster of Excellence PhoenixD (Photonics, Optics, and Engineering, Innovation Across Disciplines), the HOT - Hannover Centre for Optical Technologies and the newly founded Leibniz School of Optics & Photonics. PhoenixD alone comprises of more than 100 scientists from the fields of physics, mechanical engineering, chemistry, electrical engineering, computer science and mathematics. Concerning teaching, students benefit from the existing Master's degree programme Optical Technologies and a planned Bachelor's programme in Optics & Photonics.

Leibniz University Hannover has a long track record of successful spin-offs in the field of optical technologies. Quite a few specialised companies reside in the Hannover region, and many of them have close ties with the university. An internationally well-known non-profit research institute for photonics and laser technology is the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH).

Leibniz University Hannover considers itself a family-friendly university and therefore promotes a balance between work and family responsibilities. Part-time employment can be arranged upon request.

The university aims to promote equality between women and men. For this purpose, the university strives to reduce under-representation in areas where a certain gender is under-represented. Women are under-represented in the salary scale of the advertised position. Therefore, qualified women are encouraged to apply. Moreover, we welcome applications from qualified men. Preference will be given to equally-qualified applicants with disabilities.

Please submit your application together with your Curriculum vitae, transcripts (degree certificates and grades), the names of two references and a cover letter focusing on how the "must-have" hiring requirements are met by April 30th, 2022 in electronic form to

Email: office-calalesina@hot.uni-hannover.de   

or alternatively by mail to:

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
HOT - Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies
Nienburger Str. 17
D-30167 Hannover

For further information, please contact Ms. Carmen Klingeberg in the office of Prof. Antonio Calà Lesina.

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