Quantum Alliance Community Networking Event

17 November 2022
from 09:00 to 11:00

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Networking Event for the Quantum Science Community

Quantum Alliance Community Networking Event

You will have the opportunity to (re-)connect with young scientists from all over Germany and get insights into the job market for PhDs and Postdocs in Germany. In 10-minute talks, alumni of our member institutions will give an overview of the challenges and advantages of leaving the university to work in industry or a government lab and the do's and don'ts during the application process. Following this there will be a general panel discussion followed by networking sessions.

Program & Speakers

08:45 | Log in and Introductions

09:00 | Welcome Keynote

  • Dieter Meschede, Professor at the University of Bonn, former President of the DPG

09:10 - 10:00 | Main Stage: My Path from Academia to Industry

  • Barbara Englert, Director Patents at Infineon Technologies AG in Neubiberg, Germany
  • Antonio Negretti, Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH in Oberkochen, Germany
  • David Dung, Midel Photonics in Bonn, Germany
  • Laura Folkers, STOE & Cie GmbH in Darmstadt, German
  • Erik Benkler, Research Scientist at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig, Germany

10:00 - 10:30 | Panel Discussion with Alumni

10:30 - 10:35 | Remarks

10:35 - 11:00 | Breakout Rooms: Networking (limited to 15 per room)

Register for this free online event by Friday, 11. November 2021


 Barbara Englert is a German and European Patent Attorney and works in the Legal and Patent Department at Infineon Technologies near Munich. She did her PhD in the field of cold molecular gases at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics in the group of Gerhard Rempe. Afterwards, she completed her training as a Patent Attorney and worked in different patent law firms. In her current role, she manages part of Infineon’s patent portfolio, where she is responsible for strategic decisions throughout the entire lifespan of the patents.
 Since the end of 2020 Antonio Negretti, an alumnus of the University of Hamburg and University of Ulm, is working at Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH in Oberkochen (Germany). In his previous academic life, he has worked on optimal control of quantum optical systems, quantum computation and simulation with atomic quantum systems, particularly hybrid atom-ion systems, as well as magnetic field and temperature sensors. At Zeiss he is working on the development of projection optics for semiconductor lithography with focus on heating effects as well as control strategies for reducing the impact of heating-induced aberrations in those systems. Additionally, he is patent owner for the area manipulation and control strategies.
 David Dung has a PhD in laser and quantum physics from the University of Bonn, and is co-founder and managing director of Midel Photonics GmbH. With the deep-tech spin-off "Midel Photonics", he is making the innovative nano structuring method from his PhD thesis usable for industry. To this end, he has been working on the product development of laser beam shapers for material processing with three co-founders since April 2021 as the leader of an EXIST research transfer. The project was able to attract around 750,000Eur in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and the EU.
 Laura C. Folkers did her PhD at Lund University in Sweden, researching crystal structures of aperiodic intermetallics. During her PostDoc she worked on the synthesis optimization and crystallography of magnetic topological insulators under Prof. Anna Isaeva at TU Dresden. Since March 2022 she works for the X-ray diffractometer manufacturer STOE & Cie GmbH fostering customer relations between science and her company.
 Erik Benkler received his PhD in physics from Darmstadt University of Technology in the field of nonlinear optics in liquid crystals, with several research fellowships in Florence, Naples and Budapest. Since 2004 he is employed at the German metrology institute PTB. In his position as a civil servant, he works as a researcher and is, among other things, responsible for optical frequency combs that are at the heart of cutting-edge optical clock frequency comparisons within PTB and with other national metrology institutes in Europe.

Check out our community event from the previous year - Quantum Alliance Community Networking Event 2021.

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