17. juni 2022

PhD fellowship in experimental superconducting qubit development

PhD fellowship:

We are seeking candidates for a PhD fellowship in the field of experimental superconducting quantum computing, with a focus on new approaches to error-protected superconducting qubits using hybrid superconductor/semiconductor Josephson junctions.

Center for Quantum Devices - Lab picture

The project involves all aspects of experimental quantum computing, including configuring and operating a cryofree dilution refrigerators, low-high-frequency measurements and control, circuit design and simulation, nanofabrication, advanced programming, and interactions with theoretical collaborators. Scientific writing and communication will be in English.

The project is will take place at the Center for Quantum Devices, located at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, and is part of an international collaboration between University of Copenhagen, University of Colorado, and Universite de Sherbrooke. 

The position is open from 1 October 2022 or by arrangement. The duration of the PhD Programme is three years.

Description of the scientific environment:
The Center for Quantum Devices is a research center supported by the Danish National Research Foundation, comprising materials research, experimental solid-state physics, quantum nanoelectronics, and condensed matter theory. The Center provides a vibrant scientific environment with cutting-edge research performed across many different groups spread across condensed matter and superconducting qubit experiments with close ties to a strong theory department as well as longstanding collaborations with industry.

A central aspect of the position will be international travel between the different nodes.

Further information about QDev can be found at www.qdev.dk.

    The PhD programme

    Depending on your level of education, you can undertake the PhD programme as either:

    Option A: A three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme), if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

    Option B: An up to five year full-time study programme within the framework of the integrated MSc and PhD programme (the 3+5 scheme), if you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree – but you have an education equivalent to a Danish bachelor’s degree.

    Option A: Getting into a position on the regular PhD programme

    Qualifications needed for the regular programme
    To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. Physics or Applied Physics. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

    Terms of employment in the regular programme
    Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

    Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

    The terms of employment and salary are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

    Option B: Getting into a position on the integrated MSc and PhD programme

    Qualifications needed for the integrated MSc and PhD programme

    If you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree, you might be qualified for the integrated MSc and PhD programme, if you have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish bachelor´s degree. Here you can find out, if that is relevant for you: General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.  

    Terms of the integrated programme
    To be eligible for the integrated scholarship, you are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in Physics or NanoScience.

    Students on the integrated programme will enroll as PhD students simultaneously with completing their enrollment in this MSc degree programme. The duration of the integrated programme is up to five years, and depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme, please see: www.science.ku.dk/phd, “Study Structures”.

    Until the MSc degree is obtained, (when exactly two years of the full 3+5 programme remains), the grant will be paid partly in the form of 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: “SU-klip”) plus salary for work (teaching, supervision etc.) totalling a workload of at least 150 working hours per year. A PhD grant portion is DKK 6,243.

    When you have obtained the MSc degree, you will transfer to the salary-earning part of the scholarship for a period of two years. At that point, the terms of employment and payment will be according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

    Responsibilities and tasks in both PhD programmes

    • Complete and pass the MSc education in accordance with the curriculum of the MSc programme (ONLY for the integrated MSc and PhD programme, see below for details)
    • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
    • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
    • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
    • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
    • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
    • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

    We are looking for the following qualifications:

    • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
    • Relevant publications
    • Relevant work experience
    • Other relevant professional activities
    • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in superconducting qubit development
    • Good language skills

    Application and Assessment Procedure

    Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

    Please include: 

    1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
    2. Your motivation for applying for the specific PhD project
    3. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
    4. Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
    5. Publication list (if possible)
    6. If possible, please list up to three scientists that you have worked with closely in your past research. (We will contact you for your consent if we wish to contact these.)

    Application deadline:
    The deadline for applications is 28 June 2022, 23:59 GMT +2.

    We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

    The further process
    After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

    The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment.

    You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

    For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisors Assistant Professor Morten Kjaergaard (mkjaergaard@nbi.ku.dk) and Professor Charles Marcus (marcus@nbi.ku.dk)

    General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/.

    The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

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