PhD Fellow in Physics
University of Copenhagen Niels Bohr Institute

PhD fellow in Physics, Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in physics commencing 01.08.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The PhD project will be funded by a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Challenge Program and carried out within the new collaboration ‘Solid-state quantum simulators for biochemistry’ (SolidQ), between the Center for Quantum Devices (QDev), Center for Hybrid Quantum Networks (Hy-Q) and the Department of Chemistry, to develop quantum simulators. The project will be embedded in the condensed matter theory group at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. Significant collaboration is expected to take place with other collaborators in the center, including Profs. Anders Søndberg Sørensen, Gemma Solomon, Mark Rudner, Brian Møller Andersen as well as experimentalists at QDev. For further information on the condensed matter theory group at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, please see

Project description

This project deals with theoretical modelling of networks of quantum dots coupled to microwave resonators. Alongside with the project, such systems will be realized and measured at QDev, and the overarching question is whether the electrodynamics of the resonators can emulate the nuclear motion in a molecule. This project aims to develop a theoretical understanding of small networks of such electrodynamically coupled quantum dots. In order to benchmark these devices as artificial molecules, part of the project aims at designing a set of basic experimental tests and to assess the prospects for emulating Franck-Condon dynamics, polaron formation, electron, and energy transfer across extended quantum dot networks. Part of the project deals with driven systems and earlier experience with nonequilibrium many-body techniques will be an advantage.

Principal supervisor is Assoc. Prof. Jens Paaske, Niels Bohr Institute, paaske @, Direct Phone: (+45)35320395.

Job description

The position is available 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 hold an MSc degree in physics 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 330,817 (approx. €44,108) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,761). 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, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific 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)

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 2 May 2021, 23:59 GMT +2.

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 more about the recruitment process at

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.


Application deadline: 02-05-2021
Employment start: 01-08-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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