PhD positions with QNP

The Quantum Nanophysics Group at the University of Vienna, headed by Markus Arndt is a leading team in Molecular Quantum Optics with interests and complexity classes covering organic and biomolecules from tailored molecules, over peptides and proteins to metal clusters and dielectric nanoparticles.

We build world-wide unique matter-wave interferometers to demonstrate fundamental quantum phenomena and to test quantum physics at the interface to the classical world, to physical chemistry, and to biology.

Our instruments are applied as force sensors with extreme sensitivity to characterize electric, magnetic, optical and structural properties of a plethora of nanoparticles.

In preparation of such experiments we develop novel molecular beam methods, advanced single particle detectors at the forefront of research. 

We are embedded into a vibrant quantum optics community, including the Vienna Doctoral Program of Physics (VDSP), the Vienna Doctoral School on Complex Quantum Systems (CoQuS) within the Vienna Center (VCQ) as well as Austrian Erwin Schrödinger Center for Quantum Science and Technology (ESQ).  

If you 

  • love working as an experimentalist
  • are happy working with theorists on models for your experiments
  • have a solid training in optics & quantum optics
  • have the ambition to work on experimental challenges and far-reaching visions
  • have the technical skills, self-motivation and tenacity to realize them in the lab
  • like being part of a motivated team

you are invited to apply for a position as a University Assistant (Predoc) with Markus Arndt.

A candidate will usually hold a relevant Master’s degree, already,  or will be certain to complete it within 2 months after the application deadline. You may be also eligible if you hold an excellent Bachelor’s degree with honors (4 years of study). Please inquire.

This position includes a 4-year contract with a PhD salary and benefits following the national Austrian rules. The contract includes teaching as a mentor in exercises or lab courses, typically to the extent of 2 hours per week, 26 weeks of the year.

You must be fluent in English or German. If you do not speak German, yet, you will be eligible for intense German training.  

Please send all relevant documents, CV, study records, list of talks and publications. possible distinctions, names of professors who would send reference letters, as one single merged PDF file to the Vienna Doctoral School of Physics (VDSP).

P1: Optical Charge Control & Quantum Detection of Proteins

In 2019, the European Commission has granted the new FET Open project Superconducting Mass Spectrometry and Molecule Analysis (SuperMaMa). The SuperMaMa consortium is a highly interdisciplinary team combining technology-intense SMEs in mass spectrometry (MSVISION) and superconductor detector technology (SQ) as well as three university research labs specialized in integrated electronic engineering (EPFL), synthetic and biomolecular chemistry (UNIBAS), as well as molecular beam physics, quantum optics and mass spectrometry techniques (UNIVIE). The project is coordinated by Markus Arndt at the University of Vienna. We aim at developing at quantum detectors for biomolecular mass spectrometry as well as bond-specific photo-cleavage as a technique for optical charge control of proteins in the gas phase. These tools are important for a growing industry in molecule mass and optical spectroscopy and they will lay the ground for new quantum optics experiments with proteins.

P2: 5D Cooling & Quantum Optics with Dielectric Nanoparticles

This work builds on our recent progress and publications , including the launch and control of silicon nanorods in optical fields. Aim of the experiments will be to cool the motion of these particles using active feedback and cavity cooling to prepare them for quantum experiments.