The Academy of Sciences of the Czech rebublic - ASCR

Physicist/senior scientist with expertise in microwave diagnostics

Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy Sciences of the Czech Republic (IPP) has initiated construction of a new large scientific experiment in the field of the thermonuclear fusion research – the COMPASS Upgrade tokamak. IPP is looking for an experienced physicist for the diagnostic group of the tokamak department, who will be involved in coordination of the physics research on the COMPASS tokamak using microwave diagnostics, the full utilization of the microwave reflectometer, the microwave radiometer and the interferometer for physics tasks including advanced and real-time data processing. Development of microwave systems for the COMPASS Upgrade is also expected.
Job description
  • coordination of the physics research using microwave diagnostics (utilization of the microwave reflectometer, the microwave radiometer and the interferometer for physics tasks including advanced and real-time data processing)
  • development of microwave systems for the COMPASS Upgrade
Requirements and skills
  • university education in physics or electrical, nuclear or physical engineering (doctoral or equivalent level)
  • professional experience in the field of microwave systems
  • to be familiar with physics of plasma-wave interaction
  • English - working knowledge 
Beneficial is
  • knowledge of microwave reflectometry and interferometry and relevant modelling and programming in Python, Matlab or IDL
We offer
  • work on a unique scientific project
  • full-time job
  • flexible working hours
  • 5-week holidays and sick-days
  • other benefits
Vladimir Weinzettl, head of the diagnostic group of the COMPASS tokamak


Quality Engineer @TOPTEC

We are looking for a colleague who will take care of the implementation and enhancement of our quality management system, especially for processes related to the research and development projects for our key foreign partners such as the European Space Agency or Airbus Defence & Space.
Quality Engineer Responsibilities
  • Communication with customers and partners of the TOPTEC Centre (primarily in English)
  • Quality process monitoring and creation of quality management documentation in the areas of manufacturing, administration, and inspection processes
  • Preparation of current processes for ISO certification
  • Adapt TOPTEC processes and their documentation to comply with ECSS/MIL standards (training available)
  • Close cooperation with project managers
Quality Engineer Requirements
  • University degree (a technical field is an advantage)
  • Experience in quality control management (knowledge of ISO standards)
  • Advanced level of knowledge of MS Excel
  • Fluent English
  • Interest in continuous learning, a keen eye for detail
  • Independent, responsible, and proactive attitude
Job Benefits
  • Challenging and diverse job in the stimulating environment of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • Attractive salary
  • Employee benefits (sick leave, flexible working hours, 5-week holiday leave)
  • Cooperation with high-profile foreign companies (ESA, AIRBUS, TAS)
  • Friendly, energetic team
  • If you are interested, please send your CV and motivation letter to the contact person below.
Contact person
Lukáš Steiger E: T: +420 487 953 917 W:



C++ developer for experiment control system and data acquisition

Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences is preparing the construction of a new large-scale physical experiment for the research of thermonuclear fusion (tokamak) and is looking for developers to develop an experiment control system and systems for physical data acquisition.
Job description
  • software development for experiment control system and data acquisition systems
  • software testing
  • cooperation with diagnosticians on development
  • integration of individual control systems into common tokamak control system
  • creation of technical documentation
Required education
  • master degree in electrical engineering, IT
Knowledge and skills
  • knowledge of C/C++
  • development under Linux and Windows
  • experience with optimization
Required languages
  • English (upper-intermediate)
The advantage is
  • knowledge of Python, Java
What we offer
  • full-time employment in a stable institution
  • work on a unique scientific project
  • five weeks of vacation, sick days
  • flexible start and end of working hours
  • meal tickets, benefits
Benefits: flexible start/end of work hours, meal coupons/eating contribution, five weeks holiday, corporate recreation facilities, training courses, employee loans, sick day, unpaid vacations
Length of employment: fixed term



Two Postdoctoral Positions in Computational Ultrafast Spectroscopy

The TOPTEC research center, IPP is one of the application centers of Czech Academy of Sciences. Besides its activities in the field of hyperspectral imaging and laser spectroscopy, the core of the center’s work lies in construction of special optics and optical systems, including ESA space projects, development of interferometric optical metrology, and thin-film deposition. The center is based in Turnov, a town with easy access to Prague (Czech Republic) and Dresden (Germany), located in the beautiful landscape of the Bohemian Paradise.


Job profile: The junior research group of Computational Spectroscopy at the TOPTEC Center, led by the group leader Karel Žídek, focuses on the implementation of novel computational methods, such as compressed sensing, to revisit the standard methods of laser spectroscopy. The activities include the fields of microscopy, pump-probe spectroscopy or photoluminescence decay measurements. [arXiv (2019) 1901.04717; Opt. Express 27 (2019) 4562; Sci. Rep. 7 (2017) 15309]


We are currently building a unique experimental setup devoted to time-resolved ultrafast spectroscopy utilizing randomly modulated femtosecond pulses. We envision this concept as an opportunity to measure extremely rapid processes by using broadband laser sources which cannot be used otherwise – for instance due to their instability, unsatisfactory pulse compression or pulse broadening in a sample. We are searching for colleagues who will contribute to the development of the experimental setup with the particular emphasis on random pulse shaping, characterization of random pulses via FROG and related methods, signal processing, and software control of the experiment.


Requirements: You have a PhD in physics or a related field and previous experience in ultrafast laser or laser spectroscopy. Experience with software control of experiments and with compressed sensing or signal processing in general will be considered an asset. Good English communication ability is required. Offer: The position is available for an immediate start and it is initially limited to two years with the possibility of extension. The salary follows the Czech IPP salary scheme for scientists in public research institutions. Application guidelines: If you are interested. contact Karel Žídek with your CV and motivation letter. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Contact person:
Dr. Karel Žídek
Mobile : +420 776 274 253
Regional Centre for Special Optics and Optoelectronic Systems Institute of Plasma Physics Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic