Photon sources for optical quantum computing

The Institute of Optical Sensor Systems fosusses on research and development of active and passive optical sensor systems operating in the UV, visible, infrared and THz spectral range. The instruments are applied in space research and space exploration, on board of flying platforms and for robotic systems. The institute participates in the scientific analysis of the data obtained with these systems. This includes Earth observation, robotics, planetary research, transport and security. The development of sensor-oriented algorithms for information processing lays the foundation for autonomous optical sensor systems.

Physicist (f/m/x)

Starting date: 1. September 2021 | Duration of contract: 2 years | Remuneration: Up to the German TVöD 13 | Type of employment: Full-time (part-time possible)

Your activity:

The DLR Institute for Optical Sensor Systems develops, tests and uses optical sensors and spectroscopic techniques for various applications. In the Department of Terahertz and Laser Spectroscopy, work is being done on the development of customized optical systems with the aim of using them for laboratory analysis and for remote sensing of extraterrestrial objects inside and outside our galaxy. Another focus of the work is to adapt suitable laser spectroscopy methods for future robotic missions to explore our solar system.

We offer a full or part-time position in the team working on Physical Foundations of IT Security within the Terahertz and Laser Spectroscopy department. Our research interests include fundamental methods and technologies as well as applications of optical quantum technologies. The former include solid-state quantum light sources and photonic quantum memories. The latter include repeater-based quantum communications, optical quantum computing, and also optical neuromorphic computing architectures for artificial intelligence.

Your work will cover the development of modular, narrow-band and highly efficient sources of single and entangled photons based on parametric conversion. These sources will then be used to demonstrate basic computing functionality of a photonic quantum processor based on cluster states in cooperation with HU Berlin and other partners. Since in this approach the generation of qubits and the implementation of quantum logic are separated, it is possible to work with a much larger number of qubits than can be addressed by the processor simultaneously. This project thereby lays the foundations for scalable photonic quantum computers that can work with thousands of qubits, making quantum computing practical for real-world applications.

Your profile:

  • completed PhD or Master's degree in physics with very good grades
  • (students about to graduate are also invited to apply)
  • proven profound knowledge and interest in quantum optics and quantum technology
  • experience in experimental methods of photonic quantum technology, esp. photon sources based on parametric conversion
  • basic programming skills (preferably Phyton)
  • motivation for experimental work on interesting research questions
  • good knowledge of the English language

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalleled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (f/m/x). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Institut für Optische Sensorsysteme
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
Rutherfordstraße 2
12489 Berlin

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Institut für Optische Sensorsysteme
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
Rutherfordstraße 2
12489 Berlin