PhD students and postdocs: Apply at the MPL theory division!

We are currently looking for both PhD students as well as postdoctoral researchers. Join our team at the theory division of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL)!

Non-Hermitian topological phenomena (Kunst research group)

At the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, an independent theory research group dedicated to non-Hermitian opological phenomena, led by Flore Kunst, has been established in November 2021.

Non-Hermitian Hamiltonians are used to describe systems with gain and loss, or other forms of dissipation, and find applications both in classical and in quantum setups. Studying these Hamiltonians in the context of topology is a new emerging field, where many unexpected novel phenomena are observed.

Artificial intelligence for physics (Krenn research group)


Our independent theory research group Artificial Scientist Lab, led by Mario Krenn, investigates how new artificial intelligence (AI) can make conceptual advances in physics, in particular in quantum physics and quantum optics.

Join the Marquardt Division

We are looking for PhD students and postdocs to work on the theory of:

  • quantum cavity optomechanics and topological transport
  • machine learning (deep neural networks) applied to physics
  • quantum technologies including quantum simulation

Applications should be sent electronically to Prof. Florian Marquardt, but always cc to the team assistant, Mrs. Gesine Murphy. The set of documents you should send with your application should include the following:

PhD applications: a CV and the names of two expert references.
PostDoc applications: a CV, a list of publications, and the names of two expert references.

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light is a world-leading research institute dedicated to fundamental research on all areas related to the science of light.

We offer competitive salaries and an international research environment at MPL.

If you are a young, highly motivated, creative and excellent theoretical physicist, apply now to join our team!

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