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Doctoral Candidate Position in Superconducting Qubits and Circuit QED

  A Ph.D. (doctoral candidate) position in the field of quantum technologies with superconducting circuits is available in the Kvantti group (Superconducting Qubits and Circuit QED) in the Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University, Finland. Our team is doing research on circuits consisting of superconducting qubits and resonators - presently one of the most promising platforms for future quantum computers and quantum simulators. Moreover, we explore additional applications of these devices for emerging quantum technologies such as supersensitive detection. This field of research has had a tremendous development in recent times, and presently offers plenty of exciting opportunities for developing yourself as a quantum physicist.

    We are looking for a bright, motivated researcher to join our team. You should have excellent study records in physics or related disciplines up to the level of M.Sc. If your M.Sc. research is already in the field of circuit QED, you can also finalize it in our group and then continue with a Ph.D. Prior laboratory experience in the fields of mesoscopic physics, nanoelectronics, cryogenics, microwave electronics, circuit design, clean-room techniques, and instrument programming is a plus but not required. We also encourage applications from theorists with strong interests in developing analytical models and numerical simulations, and who are interested in working closer with experimentalists.

    The successful candidate will have the chance to become an expert in the fast-developing field of quantum simulation and quantum information processing with superconducting qubits. You will have full access to the OtaNano research infrastructure for nano- and micro- technologies, comprising state-of-the-art equipment in nanofabrication, cryogenics, microscopy, and electronics. OtaNano operates the largest clean room in Northern Europe and our Low Temperature Laboratory (where the group is located) leverages unmatched expertise in cryogenics and low-noise measurements. The skills that you will acquire during your Ph.D. are currently in very high demand both in academia and in high-tech companies: at present, there is a significant level of investment from private and governmental funding agents in the field of quantum technologies. We have several research directions in the group: quantum simulation with arrays of qubits and resonators, quantum metrology below the standard quantum limit using superconducting qubits and machine learning, quantum thermodynamics, and continuous-variables quantum information processing and sensing using parametric amplifiers. You will be part of a vibrant international team striving to advance these exciting research topics, and we offer the possibility to engage in collaborations with industrial partners interested in quantum technologies.

    The starting salary of a Ph.D. student is 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 initially for two years, then extended to another two years after a successful mid-term progress review. The total duration of Ph.D. studies is four years.

    The research in our group is funded by several research grants, including the Academy of Finland, the European Commission, FQXi, Saab, and the Ministry of Defense.
To apply for these positions, please prepare the following documents as a single pdf file:

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV including publications and description of skills/previous experience
  • Degree certificates and academic transcripts
  • Contact details of at least two academic advisors (or letters of recommendation, if already available)

Apply through the link "Apply now!" at the bottom of this page and e-mail a copy to the group leader. Applications are invited immediately. The deadline for applications is 30th June 2020. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified

Aalto University reserves the right to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not applied during the announced application period.

For further information, please contact the group leader Sorin Paraoanu at [email protected]).

Studying at Aalto University: In the Kvantti group, you will be part of a vibrant community working on quantum technologies. You will have the opportunity to discuss on a daily basis and collaborate with theorists and experimentalists working on related topics. The group is also part of the Centre for Quantum Engineering at Aalto University and of the Center of Excellence Quantum Technology Finland (QTF) of the Academy of Finland. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students: it is the largest university in Finland focusing on education and research in technology, science, business, and arts. Finland is a safe, stable country, enjoying a high standard of living and quality of life. The Kvantti group is located in the Otaniemi campus in the greater Helsinki region, one of the largest hubs of high-tech in Northern Europe. Helsinki is regularly highly ranked in world city evaluations, with a unique combination of nature and urbanism, offering splendid opportunities for enjoying the sophisticated Nordic culture.

 

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