We want you in our team !

If you find yourself in the following list of qualifications, you may want to consider applying for one of the Master or PhD topics listed below: 

  • You are driven by curiosity, the desire to learn and the ambition to explore the unknown ?
  • You love working on experiments at the forefront of research ?
  • You have an experimental background in quantum physics, molecular beam science or physical chemistry.
  • You have a good theory background and you are proud of your study records ?
  • You feel at ease in an interdisciplinary and international team ?
  • You are ambitious and embrace a spirit of collaborative and supportive competitiveness ? 

You may inquire with markus.arndt@univie.ac.at about the current openings. However, note that all PhD positions will be filled via the Vienna Doctoral School in Physics. Please consult the VDS website for call dates and procedures.    

We also invite candidates for VDS summer internships in summer 2022. Again: first contact through Markus Arndt and evaluation via VDSP.

We currently do not offer any long-term postdoc position, but if you consider it reasonable to try a fellowship application with us within the Lise-Meitner Programme of the Austrian Science Funds FWF, the  EU Marie Curie Individual Fellowship Programme, the Erwin Schrödinger Center for Quantum Science and Technology (ESQ) fellowship or any other science based programme, please get in touch with markus.arndt@univie.ac.at.  



Cold Clusters in Deep UV Light Fields for Quantum Interferometry

We are setting up a new beam line for cold metal clusters, aiming at quantum states of particles the mass range up to 1 MDa. This combines the latest advances in cluster science, deep ultra-violet laser physics, mass spectroscopy, matter-wave technologies and quantum optics.

Slow Proteins

Advances in biomolecular quantum optics and analysis will profit from slow and cold proteins. If you are interested in working at the interface between the life sciences, laser physics, quantum optics and mass spectrometry, please contact us for more details.  

Quantum Detectors for Mass Spectroscopy

We are exploring superconducting nanowires as quantum detectors for mass spectroscopy. Within the European Project "Superconducting Mass Spectrometry and Molecule Analysis (SuperMaMa)", we are combining the latest in mass spectrometry (MSVISION), superconductor detector technology (SQ), cryogenic electronics (EPFL), synthetic biomolecular chemistry (UNIBAS), molecular beams technologies, ultra-fast lasers and quantum optics (UNIVIE).  

Optical Control of Molecular Quantum Motion

We are developing new tools for the optical control of molecular quantum states of position and momentum, combined with optical control of molecular conformation and charge state. This work is based on our signature experiments on molecule diffraction and shall extend to large momentum transfer and state sensitive beam splitting techniques.    

Cooling of Non-Spherical Nanoparticles

We are preparing, exploring and utilizing rotational quantum states of trapped dielectric nanorods. This work at the interface between optomechanics and quantum interferometry shall enable new tests of quantum linearity and advanced quantum sensing applications.

LUMI Cluster Interferometry

Quantum interferometry with large metal clusters promises to push the boundaries between quantum experiments and classical phenomena. Long coherence times, large beam separations and high masses will provide an unprecedented sensitivity to still hypothetical non-standard phenomena in physics, while at the same time offering a specific and highly sensitive tool to measure tiny forces.    

Controlled nanoparticles on demand

The volatilization of complex thing is ... a complex thing. While the launch of massive proteins and DNA by MALDI and ESI is highly successful and standard in mass spectrometry, the reliable launch of single biomolecules or nanoparticles on demand, with low charge or even neutral and yet slow and cold, is still a grand challenge. We propose to tackle this challenge with you, using ideas from physical chemistry, nanotechnology, and quantum optics.

Tools for Protein Interferometry

Our group has pioneered universal interferometry, from atoms over fullerenes and hydrocarbons to vitamins, polypeptides and tailored macromolecules. We are advancing on this path to develop tools for the coherent manipulation of genuine biomolecules in the gas phase, aiming here at quantum interference of proteins.  

Superresolution imaging for quantum nanoscience

The sensitivity of many quantum experiments hinges on the ability to detect individual quanta with high efficiency and specificity. Here we are interested in developing our capabilities to detect proteins, clusters and nanoparticles universally with high efficiency and nanometer position accuracy.