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Postdoctoral Positions in Levitated Optomechanics

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Postdoctoral Positions in Levitated Optomechanics

Levitation and control of microscopic objects:

Levitation of microscale objects in high vacuum provides new opportunities for quantum science, sensing, non-equilibrium physics and materials science. This research field capitalizes on the achievements in optomechanics, atomic physics and control theory.

Project background

We have openings in the areas of 

  1. Inertial force sensing with levitated particles
  2. Cavity-mediated entanglement
  3. Brillouin scattering in levitated materials
  4. Development of hybrid rf-optical traps

Job description

We are looking for highly motivated postdocs to join our levitodynamics team. 

Your profile

  • Physics or engineering background
  • Experience with experimental work in particular with lasers and measurement techniques

The successful candidate shares our passion for cutting edge research, brings in his/her motivation and creativity, can clearly communicate, enjoys working closely and respectfully within a team and has experience in laboratories and in data analysis.  Prior experience in optics/photonics, atomic physics or optomechanics is highly valued but not mandatory. 

We offer

We are a research group at ETH Zürich with extensive expertise in optomechanics, nanophotonics and integrated optoelectronics. You will get exposed to a multitude of technologies including measurement techniques, optics, lasers and vacuum technology.   

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • CV with named referenced
  • Transcripts, publication list and/or list of achievements
  • Motivation letter

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about The Photonics Lab can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. Lukas Novotny (, please no applications via email.

For recruitment services the GTC of ETH Zurich apply.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


Postdoctoral Positions in Levitated Optomechanics
Rämistrasse 101 Zürich, Schweiz
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