PhD fellow in Optomechanical Quantum Sensors, Niels Bohr Institute
University of Copenhagen, Niels Bohr Institutet

PhD fellow in Optomechanical Quantum Sensors, Niels Bohr Institute


We are looking for highly motivated, excellent candidates with a master’s degree in physics or related fields, to advance our research with optomechanical quantum sensors and their application in classical and quantum sensing. 


Project description 

The Quantum Optomechanics group at the Niels Bohr Institute has pioneered a new approach to engineer mechanical sensors of unprecedented coherence. We now seek support in applying this new generation of devices as quantum sensors and transducers, for optomechanical quantum measurements, coupling of mechanical resonators to nuclear spins, subnanometer magnetic resonance imaging, and mass density measurements of individual molecules. The research is embedded in several international collaboration networks such as OMTand HOT, as well as a collaboration with experts at ETH Zurich in the field of force microscopy and magnetic quantum sensing. 


The PhD student will implement new concepts for mechanical sensors and transducers, drawing on phononic engineering, parametric transduction and quantum feedback techniques. Knowledge and experience in any of the relevant fields—finite-element modeling (preferably MEMS, nanomechanics), nanofabrication, microwave and/or optical interferometry, photonic/phononic crystals, and basic quantum measurement theory—is a plus, but not a necessity. Enthusiasm to acquire, apply and advance scientific skills within a dynamic, hard-working and international team is key. 


Principal supervisor is Prof. Albert Schliesser, Niels Bohr Institute, .  


Job description 

Your key tasks as a PhD student at Science are: 

  • Manage and carry through your research project  

  • Attend PhD courses 

  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis 

  • Teach and disseminate your research 

  • Stay at an external research institution 

  • Work for the department 


Formal requirements  

Applicants should have an MSc degree in physics or engineering and good English skills. 


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 312.879 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.219). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 


The position is open from 1 December 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. 


Application Procedure 

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


Please include  

  • Cover Letter 

  • CV  

  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 

  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),  

  • Contact details (Name, telephone & email) of 1-3 references 

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 22 October 2018, 23:59 GMT +2.  


More information 

For further information on the study structures, please see:  


General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available in the Faculty PhD Rules. 


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


Further information about the research can be found at

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