PhD fellow in Quantum Photonics at the Niels Bohr Institute

Updated: 17 days ago
Deadline: 01 May 2021

Description of the Scientific Environment
At the Niels Bohr Institute at University of Copenhagen we currently have a job opening as PhD fellow within experimental quantum photonics. Employment date is 1 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is embedded in the Quantum Photonics Group within the Center of Excellence “Hybrid Quantum Networks Hy-Q” We carry out fundamental and applied research on [SP1]  quantum-information processing with solid-state quantum emitters embedded in photonic nanostructures. The quest of the current research programme is to scale the basic quantum functionalities to obtain large and complex quantum networks.

Project description
The current PhD project concerns applying single-photon quantum hardware for quantum simulations. The goal is to use quantum dot spin-photon interfaces for generation of advanced multi-photon entangled cluster states. Small-scale cluster states will be fused together for forming larger entangled states and applied for proof-of-concept quantum simulations of dynamical quantum chemistry problems. Both theoretical modelling of the quantum algorithm and experimental implementation will be part of the project.

Job description
The PhD position is for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at Science are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project 
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should have an MSc degree in physics or engineering with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 329,295.00 (approx. €44,28) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53.762). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the PhD project
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)

Reference letters must be uploaded by the applicant him/herself. The recruiting person must NOT  obtain reference letters which content is not known to the applicant him/herself. This is against Danish law.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 1 May 2021, GMT +2. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science.

You can read about the recruitment process at .

For further information please contact the principal supervisor, Prof. Peter Lodahl , Dr. Alexey Tiranov or Dr. Stefano Paesani .

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at .

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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