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Doctoral Candidate for anyon particles and topological phenomena

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The Department of Applied Physics is now looking for a

Doctoral candidate for anyon particles and topological phenomena

We are seeking application for experimental research on anyon particle and topological phenomena in the NANO group, Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University, Finland. We are leading research in quantum technologies based on hybrid van-der Waals quantum materials. These hybrid-circuits form a promising avenue for the emerging topological quantum technologies. Our research focuses on the development of supersensitive quantum sensors for the charge, flux, and phonons based on 2-D materials. We are part of the Center of Excellence in Quantum Technology Finland (CoE QTF), a national flagship program for research on quantum science and technology. Our researcher collaborates with several top-level academic groups and quantum technology companies in Finland and around the world.

The motivation of the research is to develop a technological platform for the emergent quasiparticle in a designer quantum material platform formed at low temperatures. The van der Waals materials can be easily combined in vertical heterostructures, providing an outstanding platform to engineer elusive quantum states of matter. The material response is not only defined by the properties of the building blocks but also arises from the quantum mechanical interactions between them. Thus, it allows the creative combinations of electronic orders that no naturally occurring material possesses.  In this project, we will probe these exotic quasiparticles aka ‘anyons’ formed due to interlayer and intralayer interactions via quantum transport. This project will advance the potential relevance of designer material platforms for quantum information science and technology.

Keywords: Quantum technologies, Microwave engineering, Low-Temperature physics, Quantum Hall, Quantum transport, Graphene, and Transition metal dichalcogenides

Your role and goals

Being a Doctoral Candidate, you will design, fabricate, and characterize the van der Waals/ 2-D materials quantum devices using in-house state-of-art micro and nanofabrication facilities. The quantum transport studies will be performed at high magnetic fields and sub-10 mK temperatures. During the doctoral thesis, noise and current-current correlation spectroscopy will be developed to probe the charge dynamics in designer topological quantum material. Furthermore, the feasibility of possible technological applications in quantum information will be explored. The project will also involve analysis, scientific interpretation, and dissemination of the data. The publication of research in scientific journals, presentation of data in conferences, and meetings with collaborating groups will be an integral part of the research.

Your experience and ambitions

We are looking for a highly motivated student to join our team. You should have an excellent study record in physics, electrical engineering, or related disciplines up to the level of MSc. Prior laboratory experience in the fields of mesoscopic physics, superconductivity, microwave engineering, cleanroom activities, and instrument programming will be plus. We encourage students who have strong interests in quantum technologies to apply.

What we offer

The project will be funded by the Academy of Finland and the EU. The research will be performed at the Low-Temperature Laboratory situated on the Otaniemi Campus of Aalto University. The laboratory is known for its world record in achieving the lowest temperature in the universe. It is well equipped with low-temperature experimental facilities. The local facilities available for the research activities are dilution fridges equipped with the high magnetic field, RAMAN spectrometer, rf sputter, metal evaporator, van der Waals material transfer station, e-beam, scanning electron microscope facility, atomic microscopy, and Reactive Ion etching system. All quantum devices will be fabricated in the OtaNano cleanroom.

The starting salary of a Doctoral Candidate will be approximately 2500 /month gross and it increases as you progress in your research and studies. Following the standard practice in the Department of Applied Physics, the contract will be made for initial 2 years and then extended for another 2 years after a successful mid-term review. The total duration of the project is 4 years.

The annual workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is currently 1612 hours. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare. The primary workplace will be the Otaniemi Campus at Aalto University.

Contact

Applicants seeking further information for this project are invited to contact:

Prof. Pertti Hakonen: pertti.hakonen (at) aalto.fi

Dr. Manohar Kumar:  manohar.kumar (at) aalto.fi

Applicants are encouraged to contact either of the contact people before the application.

Ready to apply?

To apply for the position, please submit your application including the attachments mentioned below as one single PDF document in English through the link ’Apply now’ link at the Aalto University application page. 

  • Letter of motivation/Cover letter

  • CV with description of skills and experience

  • Degree transcripts and certificate

  • Contact details of two academic advisors

The deadline for the application is 1st June 2022. The position will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are identified.

Please note: Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> find jobs (not external aalto.fi webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account.

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

Aalto University: It is the center of quantum technology research in Finland. Being a Ph. D. student, you will be part of the Center of Excellence QTF’s vibrant community working on emergent quantum technologies in Europe. You will be collaborating with top-level theorists and experimentalists working on the Otaniemi campus, the largest quantum technology hub in Northern Europe. Also, living and working in Finland is rated highly in Europe. For the last five years, Finland ranked first on the happiness index. It is the safest and most stable democratic country in the world.

Equality and Diversity: Aalto University is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with disability. The NANO group team constitutes researchers from across the world and supports gender equality.

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