PhD Fellowships in Experimental Quantum Simulation
University of Copenhagen Niels Bohr Institute

PhD Fellowships in Experimental Quantum Simulation Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

We seek outstanding candidates for two PhD positions to work on experimental condensed matter quantum-simulation platforms at the Center for Quantum Devices, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen.
The projects are part of a new research program on solid-state quantum simulators.

Applicants should hold a master’s degree or a US undergraduate degree in Physics, Applied Physics, Nanoscience or related fields with relevant experimental experience, ideally including published research.

The projects focus on the experimental development and operation of solid-state quantum devices for applications in quantum simulation. Research may involve materials development, semiconductor growth by molecular beam epitaxy, electron microscopy, nanofabrication, high-frequency measurements in cryofree dilution refrigerators, advanced signal generation and detection, data analysis, interaction with theoretical physicists, and scientific writing.

Each project will either mainly focus on advancing and operating existing quantum-dot circuits, or on developing suitable new materials and fabrication techniques, depending on the candidate’s qualifications. We welcome applicants with backgrounds from physics, applied physics, nanoscience, engineering or materials science

This experimental program is led by Professor Jesper Nygård ( and Associate Professor Ferdinand Kuemmeth ( at the Center for Quantum Devices (

The starting date is as soon as possible, but can be negotiated.

Job description

The key tasks of these 3-year PhD positions are:

  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Perform tasks for the department
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research

Formal requirements

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Physics, Applied Physics, Nanoscience or related fields with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous research, work experience of relevance for the projects, and publications (if any).

The integrated MSc and PhD Scheme
For applicants from the US or other places that do not have a master’s degree equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree are encouraged to apply if they are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in Physics or Quantum Physics. For further information about this study programme, please see more information here:

Description of the scientific environment

The Center for Quantum Devices is a research center supported by the Danish National Research Foundation, comprising materials research, experimental solid-state physics, condensed matter theory, and quantum nanoelectronics. The Center provides a vibrant scientific environment with cutting-edge research performed across many different groups in condensed matter, with close ties to a strong theory department as well as longstanding collaborations with industry.

Further information about QDev can be found at Collaboration with our various partner institutes in Europe will be promoted and encouraged, including a close collaboration with Copenhagen University’s new research program “Solid-state quantum simulators for biochemistry (SolidQ)” sponsored by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, see

Terms of employment

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 330k (approx. €44,000) including annual supplement, plus pension at a minimum DKK 53,000 (approx. €7.100). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

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

Please send an application, in English, that describes your background and research interests. Enclose your CV with a publication list, diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc), and a short description of your work relevant to the research field (e.g. Master’s thesis). If possible, please list up to three scientists that you have worked with closely in your past research. (We will contact you for your consent if we wish to contact these.) We do accept applications for students that have not yet finished their studies, as long as they are close to finishing. The start date is flexible.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

As an equal opportunity employer, the University of Copenhagen invites applications from all interested candidates, regardless of gender, age, religion, or ethnic origin.

You can read about the recruitment process 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: 28-02-2021
Employment start: 01-05-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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