Postdoctoral Research Associate in Applied Physics
University of Münster Institute of Applied Physics

The Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Münster, Germany is seeking to fill the position of a

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E13)

at the earliest possible date. We are offering a full-time position for 3 years. Full-time employees are required to teach 4 hours per week during the semester.

Your tasks:

The position involves undertaking fundamental as well as application-oriented scientific research in theory and experiment, on nonlinear optics of temporal and spatial four-wave mixing, e.g. for frequency and mode conversion, nonlinear spectroscopy, and imaging. The position is tied to working towards a Habilitation or equivalent accomplishment.

Candidates are expected to show the potential for building their own research sub-group that will incorporate independent research, project applications to relevant funding institutions within national and international frameworks, teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, and the development of new courses.

Our expectations:

  • a doctorate in physics, photonics or electrical engineering, mathematics, computer science, or a comparable subject area, preferably followed by a postdoctoral stay abroad
  • proven knowledge and experience, as far as is possible, in, preferably, all of the following topics: generation and characterization of ultrashort laser pulses, experimental and theoretical nonlinear optics, and numerical modelling of the propagation of ultrashort laser pulses in scattering or structured nonlinear media
  • a strong research profile in the relevant areas and ideas for innovative applications for third-party funding
  • an exceptional willingness to perform and outstanding skills relating to working independently, problem-solving and presenting results
  • experience in project management, technical guidance, managing employees and raising third-party funding
  • fluency in spoken and written English is required, as is the willingness to acquire German in a timely fashion in order to commence teaching in the Bachelor's program

Advantages for you:

  • integration into a supportive team in the interdisciplinary research field of modern nonlinearoptics and laser physics
  • extensive state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and access to high-performance grid andparallel computing facilities
  • close cooperation with the MESA+- Institute of the University of Twente (Enschede, NL) andthe Cells in Motion Interfaculty Centre, as well as other national and international partnersfrom both academia and industry
  • a stimulating environment with a high degree of independence and long-term prospects, forexample, in the case of a fruitful collaboration, i.e. if all corresponding milestones aresuccessfully completed, it will be possible to apply for a permanent position from mid-2023

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.

The University of Münster is committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognised severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.

Positions can generally be filled as part-time positions if there are no compelling work-related reasons against doing so.

Please, send your application via e-mail to by the 3 October 2021. Please, divide your application into two PDF attachments – one file containing your application including cover letter, CV, copies of degree certificates, a list of publications, and a synopsis of planned research (etc.), and a second file containing your PhD thesis. Please use "Post-Doc 10/2021" as the subject line.

General information on the work group's research can be found at Further information about the research area and available infrastructure can be obtained from Carsten Fallnich by phone (+ 49 251 83 36160) or e-mail.

University of Münster
Institute of Applied Physics
AG Optical Technologies
Prof. Dr. Carsten Fallnich
Corrensstr. 2
48149 Münster

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