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Max Planck Insti­tute of Micro­struc­ture Phys­ics - Depart­ment of Nan­o­photon­ics, Integ­ra­tion, and Neural Tech­no­logy

The Max Planck Insti­tute of Micro­struc­ture Phys­ics, Halle, Ger­many, Depart­ment of Nan­o­photon­ics, Integ­ra­tion, and Neural Tech­no­logy is ini­ti­at­ing research pro­grams in devices and microsys­tems for future com­put­ing and brain activ­ity map­ping tech­no­lo­gies. We are launch­ing pro­grams in integ­rated photon­ics, AI accel­er­at­ors, implant­able brain probes, mini­ature micro­scopes, and 3D cell cul­tures. Our research crosses many bound­ar­ies, so our team mem­bers must have an open mind and a strong tech­nical found­a­tion that allow them to answer to new chal­lenges.

We are recruit­ing for mul­tiple pos­i­tions with vari­ous skill and edu­ca­tion require­ments. Our depart­ment has a mix of Ph.D. stu­dents, postdocs, sci­ent­ists, and staff from around the world. The work­ing lan­guage in the Insti­tute is Eng­lish. We are a hard­work­ing and sup­port­ive team.

The Max Planck Soci­ety aims to employ more per­sons with dis­ab­il­it­ies and increase the num­ber of women in those areas where they are under­rep­res­en­ted; thus, applic­a­tions from per­sons with dis­ab­il­it­ies and women are encour­aged.

Ph.D. Pos­i­tions

Work­ing field:

We are recruit­ing Ph.D. stu­dents. The new NINT Depart­ment is ini­ti­at­ing research pro­grams on devices and microsys­tems for the future of com­put­ing. We are launch­ing research pro­jects in the fol­low­ing areas:
  • Nan­o­tech­no­logy-enabled brain implants, espe­cially those that com­bine mul­tiple sens­ing/stim­u­la­tion mod­al­it­ies in a single pack­age, to advance neur­os­cience and brain-com­puter inter­faces
  • Photonic integ­rated cir­cuits in the vis­ible spec­trum for applic­a­tions bey­ond tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions, such as ima­ging, dis­plays, sens­ing, and com­put­ing
  • Integ­ra­tion of phase-change mater­i­als onto sil­icon photonic cir­cuits for sens­it­ive pho­to­de­tec­tion and highly tun­able optical thin-film sur­faces

Ph.D. pos­i­tions are being offered in con­junc­tion with the Uni­versity of Toronto and the Tech­nical Uni­versity of Ber­lin. The default area of degree spe­cial­iz­a­tion is Elec­trical and Com­puter Engin­eer­ing (ECE) in Uni­versity of Toronto, or Elec­trical Engin­eer­ing and Com­puter Sci­ence (EECS) in TU-Ber­lin.

As a Ph.D. stu­dent, you will have the oppor­tun­ity to work at the fore­front of tech­no­logy with an incred­ible team of highly motiv­ated and smart people, as well as with our net­work of col­lab­or­at­ors from around the world. Some of our past research is described here:


  • Excel­lent aca­demic stand­ing with research or intern­ship exper­i­ence in elec­trical and com­puter engin­eer­ing, com­puter sci­ence, engin­eer­ing or applied phys­ics, bio­med­ical engin­eer­ing, neur­os­cience, and related dis­cip­lines
  • Can­did­ates typ­ic­ally already hold a Mas­ter’s degree
  • Out­stand­ing can­did­ates with a Bach­elor’s degree and demon­strated research achieve­ments may be con­sidered for dir­ect PhD entry at the Uni­versity of Toronto or TU-Ber­lin.

Please see for more details.

What we of­fer:

  • The oppor­tun­ity to work at the fore­front of sci­entific research with an incred­ible team of highly motiv­ated and smart people
  • Remu­ner­a­tion and social bene­fits accord­ing to TVöD
  • Fixed-term con­tract for 3 years
  • Expec­ted start date: Janu­ary 2020; nego­ti­able

How to ap­ply:

Please send your applic­a­tion pack­age as a single pdf file to, with ref­er­ence MPI-Halle PhD NINT.
The applic­a­tion pack­age con­sists of:
  • Cur­riculum vitae
  • Aca­demic tran­scripts and cer­ti­fic­ates
  • State­ment of research (1 to 2 pages)
  • Con­tact inform­a­tion of two ref­er­ences