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PhD fellow in Theoretical Quantum Optics/Quantum Information

The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in theoretical quantum optics and quantum information commencing 01.09.2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
Description of the scientific environment  
The position will be embedded in the theoretical quantum optics group headed by Prof. Anders S. Sørensen ( The group is focusing on making theories for the implementation of quantum information processing in concrete physical systems, including quantum optical systems such as photons and atoms, as well as solid-state systems such as quantum dots and superconducting qubits. The Ph.D. project will be part of the newly established Center for Hybrid Quantum Neworks (Hy-Q). The center is a 6 year major research initiative aiming at creating a quantum internet by exploiting quantum dots and opto-mechanical systems. The center is a collaboration between the theoretical quantum optics group and the groups of Prof. Peter Lodahl ( and Prof. Albert Schliesser ( In total the center employs approximately 50 scientists working on quantum networks.  
Project description  
The goal of the project will be to support and complement the activities of the Hy-Q research center. To this end the successful candidate should both make theories for concrete experiments, which can be performed in the Hy-Q laboratories as well as long-term applications for quantum information processing. The precise project will be defined later but possible topics include  
• cluster state generation using quantum dots  
• quantum memories using solid-state emitters  
• storage of information in mechanical oscillators  
• general theory development for quantum networks  
Principal supervisor is Anders Søndberg Sørensen, the Niels Bohr Institute,, Direct Phone: (+45) 24661377.  
Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:  
• To manage and carry through your research project  
• Attend PhD courses  
• Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis  
• Teach and disseminate your research  
• To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad  
• Work for the department  
Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Physics or related areas with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.  
Terms of employment  
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.  
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.  
The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 317.459 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.852). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.  
Application Procedure  
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
Please include  
• Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.  
• CV  
• Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)  
• Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),  
• Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees  
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.  
The deadline for applications is 24.05.2018, 23:59 GMT +2.  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.  
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at  
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Prof. Anders S. Sørensen, The Niels Bohr Institute,, Direct Phone: (+45)24661377.  
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at  

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Application deadline: 24-05-2018
Employment start: 01-09-2018
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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