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CALA Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Centre for Advanced Laser Applications (CALA) near Munich and its division on petawatt physics (PULSE) are host to Germany’s most powerful laser system, the ATLAS multi-petawatt laser. At 1 shot/second the system offers the highest repetition rate to date for its peak power, and the high-power beams drive experiments within four dedicated beamlines. It thus provides unique research conditions for investigations of laser-matter interaction, novel laser-driven radiation sources (electron, light & heavy ions, X-rays) and their applications ranging from medical physics to laboratory astrophysics.

The CALA fellowship is a new program to attract and promote young investigators interested in leading their own research project on applications of petawatt lasers. The program is in particular aimed at researchers at the end of their PhD or in their early years of postdoctoral research. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop a competitive research proposal within a research group of their choosing in CALA.

A PhD in physics (or related fields) is required and previous experience in laser or plasma physics, simulations or diagnostics is beneficial. We particularly welcome applicants with interest in pursuing long-term activities such as multi-year research projects (DFG Walter Benjamin program, Marie Curie Fellowship, etc.) or junior research groups (DFG Emmy Noether program, ERC starting grant, Volkswagen Freigeist). The fellow will receive active support for the acquisition of such funding and an initial contract of 12 months duration (salary according to German TVL 13/14, depending on qualification).

As a safe, clean, and cosmopolitan city close to the German alps, Munich is ranked frequently among the most livable cities in the world. The successful candidate will be employed at LMU Munich, which is frequently ranked among the best universities in Germany and one of the top universities in physical sciences worldwide. Depending on the research topic, the candidate may also be recognized as a guest scientist at the renowned Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics.

Interested individuals should direct their applications to CALA’s managing director, Dr. Martin Gross (m.gross@physik.uni-muenchen.de), including a recent CV, PhD/Master certificates, a list of publications, a 1-page sketch of their proposed research project and your desired starting date. 

The PULSE project leaders are available for discussion prior to the proposal submission (see website for contact data).

Deadline for applications is March 31, 2022.