Optical Engineering

We are looking for a full-time research assistant or post-doc on the topic of Optical Engineering. The position in the Emmy-Noether group "Theoretical Quantum Systems Design" offers the possibility to work on the boundary between quantum- and conventional communication technologies, at the forefront of future communication systems design. It involves the use of programmable optical devices and also setting up a new optical lab.
Information regarding the group can be found here https://www.ce.cit.tum.de/en/lti/tqsd/ .
A full description of the position is available on the job portal of the Technische Universität München:

About us

The research focus of the Theoretical Quantum Systems Design group is on questions that are motivated from practical communication system design and deployment. We develop concepts for near-term quantum communi-cation networks and study quantum communication techniques from the perspective of novel use cases. Our sci-entific methods are based on quantum information theory, theoretical quantum communication system design and simulations. We develop hardware control methods to accelerate the knowledge exchange between theory and experiment and apply analytical and numerical methods. We encourage interdisciplinary work, especially the col-laboration and contact with research groups focusing on classical system design and experimental research on quantum systems and strengthen the contact to the TUM Entrepreneurship center wherever possible.


The position offers the possibility to work on the boundary between quantum- and conventional communication technologies, at the forefront of future communication systems design. The ideal candidate brings with them a deep interest in experimental optics for communication system design, and likes to work in a theory-driven way. Depending on the career status, the experience with optical experiments should be displayed via corresponding publications. A master’s degree in engineering, physics or mathematics is expected. We welcome enthusiastic, creative and curios applicants that enjoy the challenges and unpredictability of interdisciplinary research on the borderline between strict theory and concrete industrial implementation. Openness to changes in directions as well as initiative in formulating research goals and the capability to develop software for the control of experiments are expected.

We offer

Payment according to TV-L E13 (also TV-L E14 for post-docs), full employment. Contract duration is initially limited to one year, with the possibility to obtain contract extensions. Earliest starting date is in February 2023. The successful candidate can be enrolled in the graduate program of Technical University of Munich.


The successful candidate will initially help establish a new optical lab. This includes participation in the selection of appropriate hardware for a demonstrator using programmable optical gates. In addition, an active contribution in the planning of further experiments with the purpose of testing basic functionalities of the setup is required. Moreover, it will be necessary to implement algorithms and hardware solutions to stabilize the demonstrator up to the level of field trials.
The Theoretical Quantum Systems Design Group offers courses on quantum networks involving our network sim-ulator QuNetSim. Participation in the teaching of these courses and input for the development of a lab course are expected. Scientific results will need to written down in publication-ready form and presented at international conferences.


Applicants please contact Dr. J. Nötzel (janis.noetzel@tum.de) for questions, and send their application (including CV, cover letter and name plus email address for two potential referees) with subject “Application to Optical En-gineering” to jobs.lti@ei.tum.de until March 15, 2023.

General Information

TUM is aiming to increase the number of women employees, and applications from women are expressly wel-comed. People with disabilities, with essentially the same suitability and qualification, will be preferred. As you apply for a position at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), you provide personal data. Please note our data protection information according to Art. 13 Data Protection Basic Regulation (DSGVO) on the collection and processing of personal data in connection with your application http://go.tum.de/554159. By submitting your ap-plication, you confirm that you have taken note of the data protection information of the TUM.