Postdoc in Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics

The newly established Novo Nordisk Foundation Quantum Computing Programme (NQCP) is building a talented and diverse international team to create a cutting-edge program in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark. At the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, where the formulation of Quantum Mechanics was born 100 years ago, the ambition is to build a mission-driven full-stack approach which will involve exciting innovations at every level, from the quantum processor to the quantum-classical interface all the way to quantum algorithms and applications.  The vision of the programme is to enable the development of fault-tolerant quantum computing hardware and quantum algorithms that solve important problems in the life-sciences.

The Project
State-of-the-art quantum devices will need state-of-the-art fabrication tools.

This challenging and interdisciplinary project will combine the fields of nanofabrication and laser technologies to explore fabrication methods that leverage the clean, precise and selective nature of lasers at the scale of individual atoms. The development of this technology is crucial for the next generation of quantum device fabrication techniques and has great commercial potential.

We are looking for a driven candidate with a strong background in experimental atomic physics and laser technologies. Among other tasks, the postdoc will be:

  • Calculating and simulating practical laser and light-matter interaction experiments.
  • Designing, building and operating ultra-high vacuum chambers and laser systems.
  • Designing and building electronics and automating operation.
  • Learning and operating characterization equipment e.g. STM, TEM, advanced laser systems.
  • Collaborating with other groups at NQCP/DTU and companies in Copenhagen e.g. nanofabrication group, Quantum Foundry, and the Danish Fundamental Metrology (DFM) Institute.

Further information on the department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to

The position is open from 15 October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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 Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The position is limited to 2 years, with the possibility of extension.

Appointment will be subject to receipt of a security clearance.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2024, 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.

You can read about the recruitment process at



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Application deadline: 31-07-2024
Employment start: 15-10-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr institutet

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