Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light—Life—Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena’s character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.

The Abbe Center of Photonics of our University (, being part of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung Center (CZS) for Quantum Photonics ( with branches at the three University locations Jena-Stuttgart-Ulm, seeks to fill the positions of

Two CZS Junior Research Group Leaders for Quantum Photonics

The commencing dates are in 2024 as early as possible after the call selection. The position of each CZS junior research group leader includes a grant of max. 700,000 EUR for a duration of five years. The new group leaders can use these funds flexible, e.g. for his/her own position, PhD students, investments, and consumables.

This call is part of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung Center for Quantum Photonics Jena-Stuttgart-Ulm (CZS Center QPhoton), funded by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung under the project ID P2021-00-019. The vision of the CZS Center QPhoton is to establish a comprehensive and sustainable scientific, intellectual and infrastructural foundation for advanced quantum imaging and information processing, including optimized imaging and sensing techniques to monitor and control quantum systems, the application of quantum technologies to develop quantum-enhanced imaging methods, and the development and deployment of sophisticated methods to control and distribute quantum information.

Your responsibilities:

    Establishing a new CZS Junior Research Group for Quantum Photonics at the Abbe Center of Photonics and the Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology (one in Jena, one in Ulm) focusing on developing application-oriented technologies in the fields of quantum sensing, quantum imaging, and quantum information.

    The CZS Junior Research Groups for Quantum Photonics are announced within the following cross-location Innovation Areas. Each proposal should be in accordance with at least one of the following three Innovation Areas that represent exemplary fields. However, the research addressed need not be exclusively for them:

    • Innovation Area 1 (only Ulm): Sensing technology to control quantum systems, including application-oriented (nonlinear) imaging techniques for quantum sensing, quan-tum simulators and quantum computers.
    • Innovation Area 2 (only Ulm): Information processing for quantum technology, including quantum information and advanced information processing methods for data analysis and quantum-based network architectures.
    • Innovation Area 3 (only Jena): Photonic systems for quantum control and information processing, including holistic photonic system design and integration.

    For more details on this call, including location-specific scientific aspects in Jena and Ulm and the download of the application template, please review carefully all information given at

Your profile:

    The call is open to postdocs at an early stage in their research careers that is up to five years after completion of the doctorate. Exceptions from this rule are possible, if well justified in the individual case.

    CZS Junior Research Groups for Quantum Photonics are designed for talented early-career scientists who have already documented their potential for excellent science by an outstanding quality of their Doctorate/PhD research in optics and photonics. Furthermore, they should demonstrate the ability to supervise students and their leadership potential to run a research team. A successful postdoc period is highly appreciated. Knowledge of German is an advantage, but due to the international character of the center not strictly necessary. Further selection criteria are:

    • Scientific excellence of the candidate with regard to at least one of the above mentioned In-novation Areas,
    • Potential of competitiveness of the candidate for national and international funding schemes like Emmy Noether, ERC Starting grant, etc. in the quantum sciences and technologies,
    • Originality of the proposed research project in line with the strategic research goals of CZS QPhoton,
    • Feasibility of the project goals (e.g. joint publication perspective),
    • Credible expression of willingness of collaboration with the other locations (Jena, Stuttgart, Ulm).

We offer:

    • The funds requested for a CZS Junior Research Group should be reasonably justified in the project proposal. Each of the four CZS Junior Research Groups receives up to 700,000 EUR funding from the host institution for a funding period of five years. The funding can be used very flexible, either to cover staff salaries (including the group leaders’ own position), consumables and investments. In addition, the junior research group will be given access to lab and office space as well as equipment, which will be fixed in a host letter upon the final appointment.
    • Remuneration based on the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Sector of the Federal States (TV-L) at salary scale 13/14 - depending on the candidate’s personal qualifications-, including a special annual payment in accordance with the collective agreement.
    • 30 days of recreational leave in the calendar year plus two days off for Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
    • Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.

Application details

Besides the standard documents, applications should include the contact details of three referees supporting the application, a filled-in application form (download template at, and a detailed description of the proposed research program (6-pages maximum) indicating also the networking and contribution to the goals and Innovation Areas of the CZS QPhoton, the earliest starting date, and a short statement concerning reasonable co-funding of the project by the applicants own resources.

Each application should be sent in one single PDF-file to

The application deadline is June 30, 2024.

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