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Max Planck Insti­tute of Micro­struc­ture Phys­ics - Depart­ment of Nan­o­photon­ics, Integ­ra­tion, and Neural Tech­no­logy

The research mis­sion of the Max Planck Insti­tute of Micro­struc­ture Phys­ics, Halle, Ger­many, Depart­ment of Nan­o­photon­ics, Integ­ra­tion, and Neural Tech­no­logy is to invent devices and microsys­tems for future com­put­ing. We have pro­jects in integ­rated photon­ics, AI accel­er­at­ors, implant­able brain probes, mini­ature micro­scopes, and 3D cell cul­tures. Our research crosses many bound­ar­ies. Our team mem­bers have an open mind and a strong tech­nical found­a­tion that enable them to respond to new chal­lenges.

Our depart­ment has a mix of Ph.D. stu­dents, postdocs, sci­ent­ists, and staff from around the world. The work­ing lan­guage in the Insti­tute is Eng­lish.

The Max Planck Soci­ety aims to employ more per­sons with dis­ab­il­it­ies and increase the num­ber of women in those areas where they are under­rep­res­en­ted; thus, applic­a­tions from per­sons with dis­ab­il­it­ies and women are encour­aged.

Postdoc­toral Fel­lows in Integ­rated Photon­ics


Working field:

For pro­jects on dis­play engines, brain implants, and neural ima­ging. Up to 3 pos­i­tions are avail­able.

Your Tasks
  • Col­lab­or­ate with the team to com­plete pro­jects in integ­rated photon­ics and neural tech­no­lo­gies
  • Design, lay­out, and meas­ure integ­rated photonic devices and cir­cuits
  • Integ­rate the photonic chips into microsys­tems that include, for example, elec­tron­ics, phys­ical optical com­pon­ents, and micro­fluidics
  • Train and work closely with other postdoc­toral fel­lows, stu­dents, and staff
  • Present research res­ults in inter­na­tional sci­entific journ­als and con­fer­ences
  • Inter­act with external part­ners if neces­sary


Your Pro­file
  • You have earned or will soon earn a Ph.D. Degree in elec­trical engin­eer­ing, applied phys­ics, or a related dis­cip­line
  • You are motiv­ated by grand chal­lenges
  • You are exper­i­enced in the sim­u­la­tion, design, and lay­out of integ­rated photonic devices and cir­cuits
  • You are highly pro­fi­cient with CAD and sim­u­la­tion tools such as Lumer­ical, COM­SOL
  • You are exper­i­enced in the char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion of integ­rated photonic devices and cir­cuits
  • Exper­i­ence in design-fab-test cycles using sil­icon photonic foundries is highly desir­able
  • You have a demon­strated track-record of sci­entific pro­ductiv­ity
  • You excel at solv­ing prob­lems with cre­ativ­ity and resource­ful­ness
  • You are a fast learner and excited to learn about other dis­cip­lines
  • You are an effect­ive team player who excels in a fast-paced, highly dynamic, inter­dis­cip­lin­ary and inter­na­tional envir­on­ment
  • You have excel­lent writ­ten and oral com­mu­nic­a­tion skills in Eng­lish

What we offer:

  • The oppor­tun­ity to work at the fore­front of sci­entific research with an incred­ible team of highly motiv­ated and smart people
  • The oppor­tun­ity to inter­act with a wide net­work of inter­na­tional col­lab­or­at­ors
  • Remu­ner­a­tion and social bene­fits accord­ing to TVöD (Ger­man Civil Ser­vant pay scale)
  • Fixed-term con­tract ini­tially for 2 years, with the poten­tial of exten­sion
  • Start date: As soon as pos­sible

How to apply:

  • Please upload your CV, a research state­ment (2 pages max.), and the names of two ref­er­ences as a single pdf file to Please name your file with your name as last­name_first­name.pdf. Your file has been suc­cess­fully uploaded if you see your file­name under “Uploaded files” after your sub­mis­sion.
  • Review of applic­a­tions will begin on Octo­ber 6, 2021
  • If you encounter prob­lems with the file upload, please email
  • For more inform­a­tion about our depart­ment, please visit