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We are hiring twelve Ph.D. students for the recently funded research training group RTG 2905 (german: GRK 2905) on the topic of “Ultrafast Nanoscopy – from single particle dynamics to cooperative processes”

Full description

Innovation in science, and in quantum-, nano- and bio-technologies depends on a rigorous understanding of the inner workings of custom-tailored materials. Since the elementary building blocks of matter are constantly in motion, microscopic still images are often not enough. To trace how functionalities of quantum materials or biochemical reactions emerge from microscopic dynamics, ultrafast videos of the nanoworld are required.

If you are interested in developing and using cutting-edge concepts to turn this long-standing dream into reality, join us in our ongoing research training group (RTG 2905 “Ultrafast nanoscopy – from single particle dynamics to cooperative processes“) and let’s explore the nanoworld in motion!

Your Job:

You will unravel key microscopic dynamics in physics and biology. Within our multidisciplinary team of distinguished researchers from physics and biology, experiment and theory, you will be enabled to focus on, e.g.,

  • pioneering novel con­­cepts of nanovideography to re­solve atomic-scale quantum dynamics and to trace ensuing cooperative pro­ces­ses in systems of increasing com­plexity, di­rect­ly in ultra­slow-motion pictures.
  • developing cutting-edge quantum theories to model both nanoscopy concepts and the quantum dynamics under investigation.
  • developing and advancing radically new nanoscopy ideas, such as lightwave scanning tunnelling microscopy, time-resolved momentum microscopy, near-field nanoscopy, super-resolution microscopy, ultrafast atomic force microscopy, and time-resolved cryo-electron microscopy.
  • employing these one-of-a-kind approaches to study ultrafast elementary dynamics in nanoscale systems, ranging from electronic wave-packet motion in single molec­ules, molecular solids, and nano­materials, to propagation of collective excitations, energy trans­fer in DNA origami structures, and ultrafast atomic forces.
  • sharing your results in scientific publications and at international conferences
  • strengthening global collaborations in ultrafast nanoscopy by spending a three-month research stay at a leading institution abroad.

Your Profile:

We are looking for a highly motivated colleague who is excited about new scientific endeavours with interdisciplinary approaches. For this you have:

  • A university degree (e.g. Master’s degree) in physics, biology, chemistry or a related field, completed in a timely fashion
  • Above-average academic performance in a research area relevant to ultrafast nanoscopy
  • Genuine curiosity and passion for ultrafast nanoscopy
  • Prior experience – theory or experiment – in one of the above microscopy concepts, ultrafast physics or biology is highly desirable, demonstrated through, e.g., a thesis or publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Programming skills, e.g., in Python are desirable
  • Excellent communication skills and commitment to work as part of a team

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change. We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • A vibrant work environment in the newly constructed Regensburg Center for Ultrafast Nanoscopy (RUN), featuring outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure
  • Development of your personal strengths, e.g. through an extensive range of training courses; a structured program of continuing education and networking opportunities specifically for doctoral researchers
  • Continuous scientific mentoring by two scientific advisors from complementing research areas to bridge the gap between physics and biology
  • Opportunity to participate in (international) conferences and project meetings
  • Funding for a three-month research stay abroad
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Office

The position is for a fixed term of 3.5 years. Pay in line with 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TV-L E13).

Place of employment: Regensburg Center for Ultrafast Nanoscopy, Regensburg, Germany

We particularly welcome applications from people from a diverse range of backgrounds (e.g. regardless of age, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation/identity, as well as social, ethnic, and religious background). We strive to offer a diverse and inclusive working environment in which people enjoy equal opportunities and are able to fulfill their potential.

Application process

To apply for the positions or inquire more details, please contact Ulla Franzke (