Scientific employee (m/f/d) Additive Manufacturing/functional optical components

15 November 2021

The Optical System Group of the Laser Development Department is looking for a scientist (m/f/d) Additive Manufacturing/functional optical components
(physics, optical technologies or comparable (Master) with focus on optics integration and telecommunications).

Abteilung Laserentwicklung Gruppe Optische Systeme

The Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) is one of the leading institutions in the field of applied laser research. With about 250 employees, basic research, applied research and industrial developments are realized. The Optical Systems group of the Laser Development department is looking for a

Scientific employee (m/f/d)
Physics, mechanical engineering, optical technologies (Master) with focus on Additive Manufacturing of functional optical components

Optical technologies are key technologies of the 21st century. For some years now, the functional integration of optical systems has moved into the focus of research and development. The goal is highly integrated micro-photonics, as has been standard in the field of microelectronics for decades. Additive Manufacturing is already considered an enabling technology for integrated photonics due to its ability to implement innovative designs. One goal of the Optical Systems group is the additive manufacturing of low-loss optical waveguides with tailored modal properties for integrated photonics. High-precision processes such as two-photon polymerization (2PP) based on photopolymers are used for this purpose.

Focus areas of your work are:

  • Layout and design of optical waveguides with tailored modal properties
  • Parameter studies to identify suitable 2PP process parameters
  • Independent planning and execution of experiments for additive manufacturing of optical waveguides
  • Optical and structural characterization of 3D printed components
  • Communication with industrial project partners
  • Evaluation, publication, and presentation of experimental results
  • Supervision and guidance of scientific assistants and students

Within the scope of the described activities, there is the possibility to obtain a PhD.


The work in the research group at LZH offers you a unique environment and the best conditions for a PhD. We offer:

  • An interdisciplinary and international team
  • An excellent network of industry and research partners
  • Targeted training and promotion of personal and technical skills

Recruiting requirements:

  • A completed technical degree (Master's) with above-average academic performance in the field of physics, photonics, optics, or equivalent
  • First experience with computer-aided design
  • Knowledge of laser technology and/or waveguide optics as well as additive manufacturing
  • Ability to work independently
  • Creativity, commitment, and goal orientation
  • Very good English language skills

Temporary employment according to the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (German Act on Temporary Scientific Contracts) and remuneration based on the collective bargaining agreement for the public service of the German states depending on qualifications and activities up to TV-L ¾ E13). Candidates have the option to obtain a PhD.

Severely disabled persons are given preference in case of equal suitability. The LZH attaches great importance to professional gender equality.

Start of work: tbd

Please send your application to:
Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.
Dr. Jörg Neumann
Hollerithallee 8
30419 Hannover
Phone: +49 511 2788-210

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