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ERC Postdoctoral Researchers in Superconducting Qubits, Experimental

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

Postdoctoral Researchers in Superconducting Qubits, Experimental

The Department of Applied Physics is looking for highly motivated scientists to mainly work on low-temperature experiments on superconducting qubits. You will be working in the Quantum Computing and Devices (QCD) Labs which is a creative team of amazing talent in its field. This position is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) through the Advanced Grant ConceptQ which focuses on developing a new superconducting qubit type and millikelvin electronics for its scaling.

The QCD group was established in 2007 and has since produced more than 180 papers on quantum physics including top journals such as Nature, Science, and Nature Physics. We are routinely using superconducting qubits for state-of-the-art science experiments, seek for new physics and opportunities for quantum-information processing. Our latest discoveries include new method to speed up qubit readout, a low-noise millikelvin microwave source for qubit control, quantum-circuit refrigerator for qubit reset, and ultrasensitive bolometers that work at the threshold of circuit quantum electrodynamics. See our Media Room for highlights.

Your work will be carried out in collaboration with top international and local research groups such as those at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Quantum Technology (QTF), and the national quantum institute InstituteQ. We are also proud that the quantum-computer company IQM was spun out from our research.

The QCD Labs at Aalto University has four 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. Check out a recent video about our activities that was made for APS TV. Here is also a nice video on the results of our recent Nature paper. Join our amazing team to make a career in quantum science and technology!

Although this position is mainly focused on cryogenic measurements and analysis, you may also apply if you wish to do fabrication of superconducting qubits. In such a case, clearly state it in your application.

For further information of the available positions, contact the head of the Quantum Computer working group and the leader of the QCD group Prof. Mikko Möttönen ([email protected]).

Requirements

  • Doctoral degree in condensed matter physics or equivalent on a topic of relevance. (Alternatively, statement that the applicant will have his/her doctoral thesis submitted before the start of the contract).

  • Solid publication/study record in experiments on superconducting qubits, or an exceptionally strong record in a closely related field of experimental quantum physics

  • Good command of English

  • Strong ambition and results-oriented attitude towards excellence in science and technology at the highest international level

Experience on sample design, modeling, fabrication, and theory of microwave circuits and especially superconducting qubits is highly appreciated.

Salary and duration

A typical contract will be initially for two years with possible extension. The starting date is negotiable, with an ideal starting date of October 1st, 2022. The standard salary level of postdoctoral researchers is between EUR 3700 and EUR 4100 per month depending on the seniority of the candidate. The annual total workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1612 hours. The contracts include Aalto University occupational health care.

The positions will be located at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus.

How to apply

To apply for the position, please submit your application including the attachments mentioned below as one single PDF document in English through our online recruitment system by using the link on Aalto University’s web page ("Apply Now”).

  • Letter of motivation (max. one page)

  • Resume or CV (indicating at least your contact information, working history, list of publications (if any), knowledge areas of physics and engineering, experimental skills, language skills, completed and ongoing university degrees indicating the grade point average or GPA, and honors and awards)

  • Two letters of recommendation or contact details of two possible referees

Please, send your application at your earliest convenience preferably by May 31st, 2022 (first deadline) and no later than June 19th, 2022 (final deadline)” through the recruitment system ('apply now' link at the end of the page). Please note that we start reviewing the applications earlier and may hire also before the final deadline of the call. In the case of late applications, contact Prof. Mikko Möttönen directly by email or phone.

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 and to consider also candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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