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)!


Join the research group on non-Hermitian topology (Kunst research group)

At the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, a new independent theory research group dedicated to non-Hermitian topological phenomena will be established, led by Flore Kunst (starting 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.

Please click here for more information on PhD and Postdoc opportunities.

Join the research group on artificial intelligence for physics (Krenn research group)

Our new independent theory research group, led by Mario Krenn (starting in September 2021), will investigate how new artificial intelligence (AI) can make conceptual advances in physics, in particular in quantum physics and quantum optics.

More information on job opportunity details can be found here.

Join the research network on collective quantum cooperativity of light and matter (QuCoLiMa)

We are looking for a PhD student interested in exploring the intersection between machine learning on the one hand and synchronization and pattern formation on the other hand, both in the classical and eventually in the quantum domain.

For more information, please click here.

Join the Marquardt group

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

More information here.


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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