Postdocs to build a quantum computer

Updated: about 2 months ago

Come to the cutting edge of quantum technology – join our multi-talented, collaborative team working toward the common goal of building a quantum computer. You will be part of the most exciting things happening in this field, such as the EU Flagship on Quantum Technology and the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology.

About us
Our ambitious goals at Chalmers are to build a quantum computer with 100 superconducting qubits, and to apply it to real computational problems that cannot be efficiently solved on a conventional computer. Such computationally hard problems are found, e.g., in optimization, machine learning, quantum chemistry, materials science, etc. 

These efforts are supported by the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT) and the OpenSuperQ project of the EU Flagship on Quantum Technology. Several industrial companies interested in applications of quantum computing are members of WACQT and OpenSuperQ, and they are developing relevant use cases in collaboration with us.

Building a quantum computer requires a multi-disciplinary effort between experimental and theoretical physicists, electrical and microwave engineers, computer scientists, software engineers, and researchers within materials science and nanotechnology. We are developing the superconducting quantum devices and control circuits, firmware, and methods required to make the quantum computer reality. We work in close collaboration between the experimentalists in the Quantum Technology Laboratory (QTL) and the theorists at the Applied Quantum Physics Laboratory (AQPL). The theorists help model the hardware as well as developing application use cases for the quantum processor. Our team currently has about 25 members – faculty, permanent research staff, post-doctoral researchers, PhD students, and master’s / undergraduate students – and is expanding.

Our department is host to the state-of-the-art MC2 Nanotechnology Laboratory cleanroom, and our measurement lab at QTL is well equipped with cryogenic and microwave electronic equipment. Our qubits are state of the art. We are in a position to build and operate a quantum processor!

We are now seeking to fill several POSTDOCTORAL positions at the Quantum Technology Laboratory, with focus on,

• Development of high-performance superconducting quantum circuits and their classical controls.
This job involves process technology development, fabrication, and device testing of a quantum processor consisting of up to 100 superconducting qubits with integrated cryogenic control circuits.

We aim to understand and to mitigate the sources of loss and noise that limit the fidelity of the quantum gate operations.

We are looking for expertise in nanotechnology and fabrication of thin films and micro/nanoscale electronic devices, electronics packaging, superconductor technology, and characterization techniques. Further desired skills include the design, modeling, and characterization of solid-state devices, electrical modeling and characterization techniques at dc and microwaves, numerical simulations, low-temperature techniques, noise processes, electromagnetism, solid-state and quantum physics, and cryogenic techniques. Knowledge of materials and surfaces is desirable.

• Design and operation of a quantum processor and its control hardware and software stack.
We aim to implement relevant use cases by running quantum algorithms with high-fidelity quantum gate operations on our quantum processor, with the goal to achieve quantum supremacy.

The ideal candidate has expertise in experimental quantum computing, microwave quantum optics, or related fields of experimental physics, (quantum) control systems and quantum information science, high-speed electronics, microwave electronics, and cryogenic techniques.

About You
• You have a PhD in Physics, Applied Physics, Nanotechnology, or equivalent
• Alternatively, you have a BSc/MSc with significant relevant experience
• Your verbal and written communication skills in English are very good
• You are motivated for a career in quantum technology, be it in academia or at an institute or company
• You have a collaborative attitude and an interest in working both independently and collaboratively in a team environment, sharing best practices and assuming responsibility. You are self-motivated, pay attention to detail, and possess a problem-solving analytical ability. You are willing to help supervise PhD students

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg .
Read more about working at Chalmers  and our benefits  for employees.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190323 and written in English.

Please upload a cover letter, your CV, list of publications, and the contact information of at least one reference person; add weblinks to your best publications or preprints and your thesis, if available.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: open until the positions are filled but August 31 at the earliest.

For questions, please contact:
Assoc. Prof. Jonas Bylander,

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. ***

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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