1. juni 2022

PhD fellowships in the operation of spin qubit processors

Deadline: June 25, 2022

We seek outstanding candidates for two PhD positions to work on spin qubit experiments at the Center for Quantum Devices, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. The positions are open from 1 September 2022 or by arrangement.


The Projects

The first project, sponsored via a European Quantera network, focuses on the operation of few-qubit arrays and leverages sophisticated control and readout techniques that harness recent advances in low-latency signal generation and associated algorithmic data acquisition. Experiments on spin-qubit operation, multi-qubit dynamics, quantum algorithms and machine-learning techniques will be performed at the Center for Quantum Devices (located at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen) in close collaboration with expert partners in the field of machine-learning, spin-qubit theory, and control engineering.

The second project is sponsored through an EU Research and Innovation Action and develops arrays of hole-spin qubits implemented in germanium-silicon heterostructures. The experimental tasks include qubit fabrication and operation, developing control protocols, and exploring the integration of superconducting resonators as coherent long-distance links.

Both projects combine nanofabrication, low-temperature physics using dilution refrigerators, low-noise and high-frequency electrical measurement and control techniques, data analysis, interaction with theoretical physicists, and scientific writing in English. An active collaboration between experiment and theory in various research groups across Europe is envisioned.

Description of the scientific environment

The Center for Quantum Devices is a research center comprising materials research, experimental solid-state physics, quantum nanoelectronics, and condensed matter theory. It has a state-of-the-art fabrication cleanroom and quantum measurement labs enabling researchers to conduct their experiments on the highest-quality devices.

The Center provides a vibrant scientific environment with cutting-edge research performed across many different groups in fundamental condensed matter, with close ties to a strong theory department as well as longstanding collaborations with industry. The center is part of the Niels Bohr Institute, which has played a pivotal role in shaping our understanding of quantum physics for the past century.

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

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 the physics and engineering of spin qubits and quantum information processors
  • Good language skills

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

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.

The deadline for applications is 25 June 2022

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