5 Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Fellow positions in Superconducting Qubits and Quantum Phenomena

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The Department of Applied Physics (http://physics.aalto.fi) at the School of Science is seeking for

5 Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Fellow positions in Superconducting Qubits and Quantum Phenomena

The Department of Applied Physics is looking for highly motivated scientists to work on several prestigious projects (see details below).

  1. Research Fellow: Lead an effort to develop a many-qubit processor for quantum computing and simulations. This position is part of the recent Quantum Computer project that develops a scalable quantum computer in Finland. It is funded by the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation and Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation and steered by a working group of ten group leaders including the following ERC grant recipients: Doc. Mikko Möttönen (QCD group), Prof. Jukka Pekola (PICO group), and Prof. Pertti Hakonen (Nano group). This position provides you with responsibilities in instructing and coordinating other researchers and is an ideal stepping-stone on your academic career to a tenure track. You will also have time for exciting measurements and scientific discoveries. You may also apply for this position as a Postdoctoral Researcher, in the case of which the duties involve less coordination work and more circuit design, experiments, analysis, and possibly nanofabrication depending on your preferences.
  2. Postdoctoral Researcher: Study quantum phenomena and develop quantum devices in the framework of superconducting circuits. This position is funded by the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Quantum Technology (QTF) that is an outstanding working environment with over 100 researchers investigating superconducting and silicon-based quantum devices, and nanostructures. You will be working in the Quantum Computing and Devices (QCD) Labs which is a creative team of amazing talent in its field. The aim is here to carry out top-level science in the field of experimental superconducting quantum technology. The exact focus can be adjusted according to your preferences.
  3. Postdoctoral Researcher: Develop devices and methods for controlling dissipation and coherence of quantum circuits. This position is based on the recent ERC Consolidator Grant Quantum Environment Engineering for Steered Systems of Doc. Mikko Möttönen. We have recently introduced a quantum-circuit refrigerator and a tunable heat sink, each of which provide a control knob for the dissipation of quantum electric systems. You task is to use these new tools to demonstrate novel qubit initialization schemes and new physics related to the interplay between dissipation and driving in quantum systems.
  4. Postdoctoral Researcher: Develop single-photon microwave detectors. This position is funded by the EU Quantum Technology Flagship in a project aiming for developing quantum-radar technology at microwave frequencies. Such technology calls for single-photon microwave detectors. In the QCD group, we have recently demonstrated the most sensitive bolometer ever built and your goal is push this technology to the single-photon regime. As an alternative approach, we also use superconducting qubits to detect single microwave photons. We are also developing superconducting single-photon terahertz detectors in another project and great synergy is expected here.
  5. Postdoctoral Researcher: Study propagating microwave photons, quantum effects and metrology. This position is funded by a project grant Fast Cryogenic Microwave Photon Power Metrology in Superconducing Quantum Circuits. Your task is to use microwave photon sources and photon detectors based on superconductor–normal-metal–superconductor weak links to push the limits of power metrology and measure photonic quantum correlations in a novel way.

Whereas position 1 is a joint appointment in the Quantum Computer project, positions 2–5 are recruitments for the QCD group led by Doc. Mikko Möttönen. The QCD group was established in 2007 and has since produced well more than 100 papers on quantum physics including top journals such as Nature, Science, and Nature Physics. The QCD Labs has three dilution refrigerators complemented with the measurement facilities of OtaNano that also hosts an impressive 2600-m2 Micronova cleanroom. We work with the best tools and aim for breakthrough results. Join our amazing team to make a career in quantum science and technology!

For further information of the available positions, contact the head of the Quantum Computer working group and the leader of the QCD group Doc. Mikko Möttönen (mikko.mottonen@aalto.fi).


  • Doctoral degree in condensed matter physics or equivalent on a topic of relevance. (Alternatively, proof that the applicant will have his/her doctoral thesis submitted before the start of the contract).
  • Solid publication record in superconducting circuits or an exceptionally strong record in a related field
  • Good command of English
  • Strong drive towards excellence in science and technology at the highest international level
  • Position 1: Good team working skills to engage the different groups of QTF

Experience on design, fabrication, measurement, analysis, and theory of superconducting circuits and especially qubits is highly appreciated. In positions 4–5, experience on superconductor proximity effect is beneficial.

The title of the position, Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Fellow, will be decided case-by-case depending on the seniority of the applicant.

Salary and duration

A Research Fellow appointment is up to five years. A typical postdoc contract will be initially for two years with possible extension. We seek to fill these positions as soon as possible but later starting dates are possible. The standard salary level of postdoctoral researchers is between EUR 3500 and EUR 3800/month and the Research Fellow salary is somewhat higher following the guidelines of the department. The annual total workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1624 hours. The positions will be located at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus.

How to apply

Please apply through the link "Apply for this job" at the bottom of this page. Please indicate clearly in the electronic application form to which position you are applying for (positions 1–5) and which level (Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Fellow). Application material should include (all documents in English):

  • Letter of motivation (max. one page)
  • Resume or CV (indicating at least your contact information, working history, list of publications, knowledge areas of physics and engineering, experimental skills, language skills, completed and ongoing university degrees indicating the grade point average, and honors and awards)
  • Two letters of recommendation (or contact details of two possible referees)

Please, send your application as a single PDF file at your earliest convenience by August 5, 2018 through the recruitment system ('apply for this job' link at the end of the page). In the case of late applications, contact Doc. Mikko Möttönen directly. Evaluation of the applications will start immediately.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider also candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Espoo, May 26, 2018

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