Doctoral Candidate in Quantum Nanomechanics
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to experimentally work on electromechanical quantum systems. The work is funded by the European Commission under the FET Proactive project Hybrid Optomechanical Technologies (HOT), by the ERC under the project CAVITYQPD, and by the Academy of Finland.
The position is filled and the work can start as soon as suitable candidate is found, but no later than by the end of 2019.
The research of our ambitious team is focused on fundamental research on the quantum-mechanical properties of micromechanical systems. We use microwave optomechanics based on superconducting microwave cavities and micromechanical resonators made with aluminum or silicon nitride membranes. In our recent work, we demonstrated quantum entanglement between two aluminum resonators [Nature 556, 478 (2018)]. With superconducting qubits, we explore the resonant conversion of quantum information and mechanical motion. In longer term, we are interested in the role of gravitation in quantum micromechanics, and in using levitated nanoparticles as quantum systems.
Our more applied research, as a part of the HOT consortium, will lay the foundation for a new generation of devices that use various types of optomechanical effects for efficient signal processing. We have realized quantum-limited microwave amplifiers and nonreciprocal components to be used in superconducting quantum technology. Besides electromechanics, we are building hybrid devices that aim on controlling ferromagnetic magnons using acoustic waves for signal processing.
Main tasks and requirements
In his/her project, the DOCTORAL CANDIDATE will realize a prototype quantum information link using the entangled aluminum drumhead resonators. You will accommodate these devices into a quantum-limited detection system comprising of parametric amplifiers and real-time feedback, in order to demonstrate quantum teleportation or remote state preparation in the electromechanical system. The work involves sample design via electromagnetic simulations, cleanroom fabrication, running of the measurements, and data analysis. At the beginning, the candidate will work together with other group members, both in the cleanroom and with the measurements. Over time, the candidate is expected to gain responsibility of the experimental part. We require the candidates to have experience either in cryogenic measurements, or clean room techniques and e-beam lithography.
To apply for the position, please submit your application as single pdf file containing (all documents in English). Name your application according to Lastname_Firstname_Application.pdf.
- Letter of motivation (max. one page)
- Summary of your skills
- Description of your research interests
- Transcripts of records
- Contact details of possible referees
Apply by the 31st of July through the link "Apply now!" at the bottom of this page.
In addition, email a copy of you application to [email protected] Please, include the names of three references and ask one of them to send a letter of reference directly by e-mail to Professor Mika Sillanpää ([email protected]).
Salary, working time and place
Salary will be based on the salary system of Finnish universities, and it will increase with responsibilities and performance over time.
For the DOCTORAL CANDIDATE, the expected starting salary is around 2500 €/month (before taxes), and it will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The position is initially filled for 2 years, followed by a midterm progress review. In case of sufficient performance, the contract is continued for another 2 years after which the PhD work is expected to be completed.
The positions are located on Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus in the premises of the cryogenic facilities at the Low Temperature Laboratory.
For further inquiries, please contact Prof. Mika Sillanpää ([email protected]).