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PhD student / researcher (m/f/d)

Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light-Life-Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena's character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.

The Institute for Theoretical Physics of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy seeks to fill a position as

PhD student / researcher (m/f/d)

in the Emmy Noether junior research group "Building quantum space-time: spin foam models and the renormalization group" led by Dr. Sebastian Steinhaus. The application deadline is 15.12.2021 (or until the position has been filled). The start date is 01.04.2022.

The junior research group investigates so-called spin foam models, a path integral approach to quantum gravity. The goal of the group is to uncover the properties this quantum space-time and establish its connection general relativity. To this end, numerical methods and the renormalization group play the key role. The candidate will benefit from the stimulating working environment provided by the Institute for Theoretical Physics as well as by the structural PhD programme / Graduiertenkolleg 2522 "Strong Dynamics and Criticality in Quantum and Gravitational Systems".

Your responsibilities:

  • Research in the field of theoretical physics / quantum gravity, in particular spin foam models and the renormalization group
  • Co-supervision of bachelor students
  • Teaching assistance (tutorials)
  • Additionally the applicant is expected to pursue a doctorate

Your profile:

  • Completed graduate studies (master / diploma) in physics
  • established proficiency in theoretical physics, in particular quantum gravity and quantum field theory as well as computational physics if applicable
  • pedagogical skills
  • ability to work independently and good self organisation

We offer:

  • Remuneration based on the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Sector of the Federal States (TV-L) at salary scale E13 - depending on the candidate's personal qualifications-, including a special annual payment in accordance with the collective agreement.
  • An interesting position at an international level / Participation in international conferences
  • A comprehensive further and continuing education programme and individual qualification and development measures
  • A Graduate Academy for doctoral candidates and postdocs
  • A family-friendly working environment with a variety of offers for families: University Family Office 'JUniFamilie' and flexible childcare ('JUniKinder)
  • University health promotion and a wide range of university sports activities

The selected PhD Student will receive a three-year position according to the German public service salary scale (E13 TV-L 50%). The University of Jena wants to promote women in science and is particularly looking forward to receiving applications by qualified female candidates. Severely handicapped people are given preference in case of equal qualifications, aptitude and professional qualifications.

Please send your application by email with the usual documents (CV, Letter of motivation incl. description of research interests) and arrange for two reference letters sent by the referees to the email address mentioned below. Please include the registration number 410/2021 and send the documents until 15.12.2021 (or until the position has been filled) to .

Questions regarding the position can be addressed to the same address.

In the case of an application by letter we ask you to submit your documents only as copies, as those are properly destroyed after the application process. Please also note our application hints at: de.

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