PhD position in Quantum Optomechanics at Center for Hybrid Quantum Networks, Hy-Q, Niels Bohr Institute

We are looking for highly motivated, excellent candidates with a master’s degree in physics or related fields, to advance our research in the field of quantum optomechanics.  
Project description  
The Quantum Optomechanics group at the Niels Bohr Institute has pioneered a new approach to engineer mechanical systems of unprecedented coherence, based on soft clamping in phononic crystals. We now seek support in applying this new generation of devices for quantum information processing and networking. The research is embedded in the newly established Center of Excellence “Hybrid Quantum Networks Hy-Q,” whose mission is to merge disparate quantum system into large scale quantum networks. The long-term perspective of the research is to enable large scale processing of quantum information over global distances.  
The PhD student will implement new concepts for mechanical memories and transducers. Knowledge and experience in quantum optomechanics, phononics and photonics is a plus, but not a necessity. Enthusiasm to acquire, apply and advance scientific skills within a dynamic, hard-working and international team is key.  
Employment date is June 1 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
Principal supervisor is Prof. Albert Schliesser, Niels Bohr Institute,  
Job description  
The PhD position is for a 3-year period and the 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 have an MSc degree in physics or related fields 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 322,642 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 55,172). 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 PhD project  
• CV  
• Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)  
• Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any  
• 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 1 April 2019, GMT +2. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.  
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 about the recruitment process at  
For further information please contact Prof. Albert Schliesser, Niels Bohr Institute, 
Further information about the research can be found at  
For international applicants please also be aware of the opportunity to apply for the TALENT Doctoral fellowship programme at the Faculty of Science within the area of Quantum Sciences & Technology. Deadline for applications 1 April 2019.  
Please find information about requirements here:  
Please find information about how to apply here:  
Applicants are welcome to apply for the Phd position announced and the TALENT programme at the same time. Applicants are welcome to contact Prof. Albert Schliesser for questions about the prospects for applying for the TALENT programme.  

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Albert Schliesser


Application deadline: 01-04-2019
Employment start: 01-06-2019
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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