Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Department of Physics, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Position ID:Bergische Universität Wuppertal-Department of Physics, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences-RS [#16773]
Position Title: Research Scientist in Optics/Technical Optics
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen 42119, Germany [map]
Subject Areas: Atmospheric Sciences / Atmospheric Sciences
optical technologies
Appl Deadline:2020/10/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/08/28, listed until 2020/10/01)
Position Description:    

You are enthusiastic about optics and space flight and would like to contribute to climate research? In a close cooperation between the Jülich Research Centre, the Institute for Atmospheric and Environmental Research at the University of Wuppertal and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Light in Erlangen we develop innovative instruments for atmospheric research, used on satellites and in ground networks. Support us in improving our understanding of coupling processes in the atmosphere through better measurements.

Our optical instruments are based on Fourier transform spectrometers (SHS technology), which we design with the associated optics, characterize and calibrate. With these devices, the temperature is measured in the middle and upper atmosphere. We contribute two payloads to an international satellite program, in which students from several nations jointly develop satellites for earth observation, atmospheric and climate research as well as for a better understanding of the space weather. These satellites will be launched in 2021 and 2022. On a Technology Demonstration Mission of the European Commission another device will be tested in space. For use in ground-based measuring networks, we develop a reference spectrometer for the measurement of mesopause temperature and a Doppler interferometer for the measurement of thermospheric winds. The conceptual design and construction of a radiometric measuring infrared telescope for the use on satellites will become a further focus of our team's work program in the coming years.

The institute currently has a vacancy for a

Research scientist in optics/technical optics

Your duties:
- Optical design and construction of measuring and calibration devices for remote sensing of Earth’s atmosphere
- Mechanical design and construction of these devices
- Construction, adjustment, and characterization of these devices in clean room environments
- Characterization of optics using interferometry
- Development of the science and engineering behind these devices
- Development and application of algorithms for analysing the obtained data
- Supervision of BSc, MSc, and doctoral theses
- Collaboration in projects with third-party funding with corresponding obligations to provide reports and evidence

Your profile:
- University degree in physics or another scientific/technical subject with relevant experience in the field of work
- Proven experience and good knowledge in optical design (Zemax etc.)
- Experience in designing and calibrating optics
- Good knowledge of and experience with computer-aided design of opto-mechanical structures
- Good knowledge of Python and/or Matlab
- Good knowledge of working with and applying optical design software such as Zemax
- Strong ability to collaborate in an international and interdisciplinary team
- Very good knowledge of English

What we offer:
- The opportunity to work in a team of motivated scientists, technicians, and engineers, along with international partners
- The possibility to create new technological solutions
- Support for continued professional development including participation in national and international conferences as well as various training programmes
- Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
- A 3-year limited position that consists of two contracts: 1st year with the University of Wuppertal; 2nd and 3rd years with Forschungszentrum Jülich. Your workplace for the full duration of the position will be the Grifflenberg campus of the University of Wuppertal
- The position is intended as a full-time position with the opportunity to work slightly reduced hours
- Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TV-L in the first year and TVöD-Bund in the 2nd and 3rd year))

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Your contact person is Dr. Martin Kaufmann (

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