Ulm University is a young research university with a focus on natural sciences, medicine and technology. Serving more than 10,000 students, Ulm University offers a dynamic working environment with interesting networking and development perspectives, situated in an economically strong and vibrant region.

The Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology of Ulm University and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) invite applications for joint tenured appointment as

Full Professor (W3) for Quantum Metrology (m/f/d)

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research center of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalization is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures.

Ulm University and DLR are aiming to increase the ratio of female colleagues amongst its scientific staff and therefore urge qualified female scientists to apply for this position. Both institutions are classified as family-friendly employers.

Severely disabled candidates with equal qualifications will be given preference.
The successful applicant will be assigned to Ulm University as a University Professor and, in accordance with § 49 (3) LHG, will become a Head of Department at the DLR Institute of Quantum Technologies (Jülich model).

Ulm University and the DLR Institute of Quantum Technologies (DLR‐QT) have joined forces to establish research groups in the field of quantum technologies for spaceflight applications, with an emphasis on developing instrumentation for future missions involving scientific topics like navigation and Earth observation. The successful applicant will be named Head of the Department of Quantum Metrology at DLR-QT.

Research focus for the new professorship will be quantum metrology in the context of space science technologies.

We look to hire an outstanding researcher with demonstrated expertise in (i) technologies for quantum metrology in spaceflight applications; (ii) validation of optomechanical devices and systems for application in quantum metrology; (iii) high-precision metrology systems; (iv) intra- and inter-satellite metrology and inertial sensors for satellites; (v) satellite systems and payloads for experimental and quantum metrology missions; and (vi) scientific-technological monitoring of the development of equipment and specific mission scenarios. For this professorship, the interaction between physics and engineering is of vital importance, as is close cooperation with industry, in order to ensure successful technology transfer in large-scale projects.

Over the course of several years, the successful applicant will have gained experience working with partners from industry as well as in the acquisition of third-party research funding, ideally with industry participation. Research activities conducted by the candidate will have garnered international recognition, and they will manifest clear potential to enrich and profit from collaboration with University facilities, DLR institutes, and the Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology (IQST).

Qualifications for the new professorship include didactic competence; teaching experience in an academic setting; significant experience in the acquisition and management of research projects related to spaceflight; and the readiness and capacity to establish and operate corresponding laboratories. The new hire will offer courses in quantum technology—focusing on quantum metrology—at both the Bachelor’s and Master’s level, subject to a reduced teaching obligation (2 hours per week). These courses are likely to attract not only engineering students but also those majoring in physics and in a possible future program in the area of quantum technologies. Opportunities to engage in the academic self-governance of Ulm University will be accorded to the extent permitted by the respective state laws for higher education.

The faculty serach committee of Ulm University and the selection committee of DLR will each have access to your application.

Prerequisites for appointment include an earned doctorate in engineering or physics, pedagogical aptitude and additional academic qualifications according to §47 LHG.

Your contact for further information:
Ms. Susanne Reif, DLR, Tel. +49 2203 601-4663, Email susanne.reif@dlr.de
Prof. Robert Fischer, Ulm University, Tel +49 731 50-31503, Email robert.fischer@uni-ulm.de
Inquiries related to specifics of the application process should be addressed to Ms. Ulrike Stier, Ulm University, Tel +49 731 50-26400, Email ulrike.stier@uni-ulm.de
We look forward to your application via our online application portal
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