PhD fellowships in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Topological Quantum Computing

The Center for Quantum Devices at the Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering 1-2 PhD scholarships in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Topological Quantum Computingcommencing 1 September 2015 or upon agreement with the candidate. Please inquire if a later start date is necessary.

Project description
The Center for Quantum Devices plans to employ 1-2 PhD Students (experimentalists) to be part of a team of theorists and experimentalists focusing on the braiding of majorana modes in superconductor-semiconductor nanowires, as part of a Microsoft-sponsored research activity to build the components for a topological quantum computer.

Research activities will involve nanofabrication, robotic control of nanowire placement to build circuits, cryogenic measurement using a dilution refrigerator, nanosecond control of electrostatic gate voltages using arbitrary waveform generators, development of control electronics and software, and writing and publishing results.

Principal supervisor is Professor Charles Marcus, Center for Quantum Devices,

Job description
The successful applicant will be enrolled as a PhD Student at the University of Copenhagen and possibly jointly with Delft Technical University. In addition to research, PhD students will take courses, teach at times, and participate in international meetings, conferences, and collaborations with partner laboratories around the world.


Candidates should have experience in an experimental physics laboratory, a bachelor, master, or an undergraduate degree in physics (or possibly computer science if accompanied by experimental physics experience) and experience with data analysis and programming. Additional criteria may include: grades, publications, and proficiency in English.

Formal requirements

The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master’s degree or as an integrated master’s and PhD program by enrolling in a 4+4 or 3+5 program. This makes current bachelor students in their final year applicable to apply for the PhD fellowship.

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 305,291 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,171). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

How to apply

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

Please include

  • Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background
  • CV, including list of publications.
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (MSc and/or BSc)
  • Contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 2-3 references (do not send letters).
  • If not a native English speaker, or effectively so, please include documentation of English language qualifications, see general rules and guidelines, p. 5

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no. 1039 of 27 August 2013 PhD Order.

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 June 2015.

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at PhD Regulations.

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