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WiQO Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women (Quantum Optics)

The WiQO (Postdoc Program for Women in Quantum Optics) is offered by the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) to promote the career of excellent early-stage female scientists to develop their aptitudes in the interdisciplinary field of quantum science. 

About the program:

  • The program is open to excellent early-stage career female candidates and is available yearly. WiQO is a two-year postdoctoral fellowship offering a fixed-term employment contract with flexible working conditions. 
  • The program also offers external professional coaching in a postdoc-specific career-building program.
  • The selected candidates will have opportunities to participate in seminars and training in project management, leadership qualifications, science communication, career planning, and work-life balance, entrepreneurship.
  • The program also offers support in the preparation and submission of research proposals.
  • WiQO shall provide childcare & reconciliation support. 

Research areas:

  • Attosecond Physics
  • Laser Physics and Spectroscopy
  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Quantum Computing
  • Quantum Dynamics
  • Quantum Information Theory
  • Quantum Many-Body Systems
  • Quantum Networks
  • Quantum Optics
  • Quantum Sensing and Metrology
  • Quantum Simulation & Quantum Computing
  • Ultrafast Science for Biomedicine


  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree not more than four years before the application deadline.
  • Candidates expecting a doctoral degree within a maximum of six months after the application deadline are also eligible to apply.

The application is to be applied via the online portal with the following documents:

  • CV
  • Relevant certificate copies
  • Publications list
  • Research interests’ description in brief (1000 characters max.)
  • Scientific goals description for the fellowship (5000 characters max.)
  • At least two letters of recommendation. The reference letters should be sent directly to the application office (

Interview: July 2023
Starting date: flexible and should be within one year after application.

Quick Overview

Type: Postdoctoral
Organization: Germany: Max Planck Research
Location: Germany
Fellowship Amount: Varies
Eligibility: PhD
Other Info: Visit Website

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