PhD position in Experimental Quantum Physics

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 31 May 2023

PhD position in Experimental Quantum Physics
PhD position in Experimental Quantum Physics
Published Deadline Location
yesterday 31 May Amsterdam

Job description
Zero-deadtime optical clock
In this project you will build an optical clock based on continuous readout of the Sr clock transition. The clock will exploit our continuous ultracold Sr source technology [Nature 606, 683 (2022) ] to prepare large samples of ultracold atoms without losing track of time while preparing those samples. This will enable to reach high clock precision after short averaging times, which is important to improve clock stability and for many clock applications. You will be involved in every aspect of building your clock, from electronics, over lasers, optics, frequency combs, ultrastable resonators to vacuum chambers. Once the clock is operational you will use it to collaborate with other research teams, comparing zero-deadtime and superradiant clocks, enabling precise qubit operations in our quantum computer, or studying fundamental physics with precision spectroscopy (with our colleagues at the Free University). The first 16 months of this project are part of the MoSaiQC consortium. During this time you will develop the clock interrogation zones and design the system that delivers atoms continually into those zones. During the remaining duration this 4-year PhD project will be part of QuantumDelta NL.
Tasks and responsibilities:
  • Designing, constructing and debugging ultracold atom experiments;
  • conducting research, resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals and/or books;
  • supervising Bachelor and Master theses and tutoring students;

  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €2541 per month
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University of Amsterdam (UvA)

You hold a MSc. (or equivalent) in physics, have done an experimental master project (or equivalent) in an optical, atomic or molecular physics lab. Other skills and documents that would benefit your application are:
  • hands-on experience with experimental techniques used in an ultracold atom lab, such as electronics, lasers, optics;
  • working knowledge of a programming language (C++, Python, matlab or equivalent);
  • good English oral and written communication skills.
To foster diversity in our research group, we will especially appreciate applications from groups underrepresented in science.
Conditions of employment
PhD position
A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years). The preferred starting date is as soon as possible. You will learn about many deep tech topics (electronics, software, lasers, optics, vacuum, ultracold atoms, optical clocks, time and frequency networks, …) The work should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis) and provide an excellent preparation for many deep tech jobs in academia and industry. We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.
The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 2,541 to € 3,247 (scale P). This does not include 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% year-end allowance. A favourable tax agreement, the '30% ruling', may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.
Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:
  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • a complete educational program for PhD students;
  • multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • partly paid parental leave;
  • the possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • a pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • the possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you're moving from abroad.
Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here .
Faculty of Science
The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.
The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.
The Institute of Physics is situated in new, purpose-built laboratory and teaching space in the building of the Faculty of Science in the Science Park Amsterdam. This location also plays host to numerous national research institutes such as AMOLF (nanophotonics, biomolecular systems, photovoltaics), NIKHEF (Subatomic Physics) and CWI (mathematics and Computer Science), as well as ARCNL (Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography, which combines the leading Dutch tech firm ASML with both Amsterdam universities and AMOLF) and the Quantum Delta NL Ultracold Quantum Sensing Testbed.
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Additional information
Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:
  • Florian Schreck,

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Application procedure
If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. Please submit your application online via the button below and by email to . We encourage applications at any time, as we continually open more PhD positions for the foreseeable future.
Applications should include the following information (all files besides your cv should be submitted in one single pdf file):
  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • the name and email address of at least one reference who can provide a letter of recommendation.
The first interview will usually be held within a few weeks of the reception of an application from a suitable applicant.
We will consider applications as they are received with a final decision after the closing date of this vacancy of 31 May 2023. The selection procedure includes three interview rounds and a reference check. The first two interviews will be done by video calls and the third in person and include a presentation of your master thesis, an interview on experimental quantum physics and an experimental challenge. Please read the Charter and Code for recruitment here .
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