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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Mathematics CRC 1173
Englerstr. 2
Geb. 20.30
76131 Karlsruhe

The Collaborative Research Center “Wave phenomena – analysis and numerics” (CRC 1173), is currently seeking to recruit, as soon as possible, limited to three years, a
Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d) Project C5 “Optimal design of chiral structures”
- part time (75%) -

The CRC has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2015. Its goal is to analytically understand, numerically simulate, and eventually manipulate wave propagation under realistic scenarios by intertwining analysis and numerics.
The context of the work in Project C5 is the interaction between the electromagnetic field and chiral matter, like chiral molecules, or artificial chiral nanostructures. One of the main objectives in the project is to further the current understanding of electromagnetic chirality measures related to the question: How chiral is an object? In this context, a general object will be represented by its scattering operator (far-field operator). It is foreseen that the transformation properties of the scattering operator under physically relevant groups will be one of the main subjects of study. Improving the ways that material chirality is quantified can have an impact both in practical problems like sensing of chiral molecules, and in solving theoretical puzzles like the decades-old chiral zeros problem. Also, aspects related to the actual design of electromagnetically chiral objects are important in this research. The work is done collaboratively with researchers from the Departments of Physics and Mathematics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
We seek a doctoral researcher with strong interest in light-matter interactions. Ideally, you have already experience in scattering theory. You should have a strong background and proven expertise in analytical work that should be translated into computer programs. In particular, scattering theory and group theory are important for this research. Particular Lie groups, like the Poincare group and the conformal group, are especially relevant for the project. Your profound theoretical understanding is complemented by an excellent knowledge in Matlab or Python and the ability to work independently.
Involvement in a larger number of exciting projects that are challenging both from an intellectual but also from an applied perspective. The position is suitable, and indeed we expect this, to work towards a PhD thesis. You will be a part of a team that works on a large variety of different topics in the broader context of light-matter-interactions in micro- and nanooptical systems. The work has both analytical and numerical components and is characterized by a strong interdisciplinary character.
We provide an inspiring, attractive, interdisciplinary, and internationally recognized scientific environment with access to excellent facilities of the KIT, a wide scope of advanced training options within our integrated research training group, and flexible working time models. Our CRC aims at the implementation of equal opportunities, it promotes diversity and supports persons with childcare or eldercare responsibilities as well as persons with disabilities. Funds for travel and guests are available through the CRC.
The following qualifications are required seeking your consideration for this position:
• Excellent master’s degree or an equivalent degree in Physics, Photonics or Mathematics.
• Strong theoretical and/or experimental background
• Proven expertise in analytical work that should be translated into typically used programing languages: Matlab, python, C, C++
We offer an attractive and modern workplace with access to excellent facilities of KIT, diverse and responsible tasks, a wide scope of advanced training options, supplementary pension with the VBL (Pension Authority for Employees in the Public Service Sector), flexible working time models, a job ticket (BW) allowance, and a cafeteria/canteen.
We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore, we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.
If qualified, severely disabled persons will be preferred.
Please apply online ( until January 15, 2020 using the vacancy number 1171/2019 and reference number 8. Personnel support is provided by Mr. Münch, Personalservice, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Campus Süd, Kaiserstraße 12, 76131
Karlsruhe. For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Carsten Rockstuhl, phone +49-721-608- 46054 or Ms Laurette Lauffer, phone +49-721-608-42061.
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