Experimental PhD Position in Quantum Information Processing with Bosonic Modes

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in information science at Chalmers University of Technology. The funds for this fellowship are available for 5 years. Candidates are welcome before February 28, 2020.

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to contribute to our ongoing research efforts in experimental quantum information science using superconducting circuits.

Information about the division

At the Quantum Technology division of the Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC-2) department, we pursue state-of-the art research in quantum information science, microwave quantum optics, and mechanical quantum devices. We are also part of the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT), a 10-year initiative, started in 2018, for the purpose of advancing Swedish academia and industry to the forefront of quantum technology, and to build a Swedish quantum computer.

Project description

In the last 15 years, superconducting circuits based on Josephson junctions have emerged as a leading architecture to build a quantum computer. Josephson junctions provide a strong and lossless non-linearity that can be used to engineer quantum circuits with tailored energy spectra. A quantum bit of information is customarily represented using a pair of energy levels acting as a quantum two-level system. As an alternative strategy, one can encode the quantum bits in nonclassical states of harmonic oscillators ("bosonic modes"), while still relying on the Josephson non-linearity for state manipulation and readout. This latter approach presents advantages such as longer coherence times, resource-efficient quantum error correction, and well-understood loss channels, and is the one that the successful candidate will investigate in this PhD position.

Job description

You will perform experimental research, both individually and as part of our team, in the field of quantum information processing with superconducting circuits. You will fabricate state-of-the-art quantum devices and perform microwave measurements with nearly quantum-limited noise performance, taking advantage of the extensive infrastructure and expertise available in our team and division. Your research will benefit from regular interactions with our theory collaborators based in neighboring divisions as well as in other institutions in Sweden and abroad. You will publish your research in established journals and present it at international workshops and conferences

Full-time temporary employment.The position is limited to a maximum of five years.


You hold a MSc degree in Physics, Engineering Physics, or Applied Physics, or you plan to defend your MSc thesis before June 30, 2020. You have a strong interest in at least two of the following: experimental realizations of quantum processors, quantum information science, quantum optics, microwave engineering, nanofabrication. You see yourself as pursuing a career in research & development or education, either in the academia, or in the industry. You are driven by scientific curiosity and by a desire to make a difference. You can confidently read, write, and discuss science in English.

We will consider outstanding candidates with proven track record in any field of physics. Previous experience in experimental condensed-matter physics, atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics, and quantum optics will be regarded as an asset. A theory background in quantum optics and modeling of Josephson circuits will also be appreciated.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190688 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)

- Education

- Previous employments, leadership qualifications and positions of trust

- Publication list (if applicable)

- Name and contact details of two references

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)

- Introduce yourself

- Describe your previous research fields and main research results

- Describe your future goals and future research focus

Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.

Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Application deadline: 28 February, 2020

Dr Simone Gasparinetti,Quantum Technology, MC2


About the department

The Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience focuses on research, innovation and education within the fields of future electronics, photonics, bio- and nanosystems. A close collaboration with Swedish and international partners within academia, industry and society enables scientific excellence and creates an innovative environment. In addition to the 200 researchers and PhD students, MC2 houses a cleanroom for micro- and nanofabrication with the latest equipment.


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