PhD fellow in Condensed Matter Theory

The Center for Quantum Devices (QDev) and the Niels Bohr International Academy, Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen, are offering a PhD scholarship in Condensed Matter Theory commencing on 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
Description of the scientific environment 
The position is part of the condensed matter theory group of the Center for Quantum Devices (QDev) at NBI. QDev is a basic research center supported by the Danish National Research Foundation, comprising materials research, experimental physics, nanoelectronics and condensed matter theory. Information about QDev can be found at qdev.
The successfull applicant will work in the highly stimulating environment of QDev and will have the opportunity of interacting with experts in condensed matter theory and many-body physics, as well as with leading experimentalists in the field of nanoscience and eletronic nanostructures. 
The successfull candidate will participate to the interdisciplinary activities organized by the Niels Bohr International Academy (NBIA). NBIA is an independent center of excellence for fundamental research hosted by the Niels Bohr Institute. Its main research areas include astroparticle physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, quantum information, particle physics, cosmology, and theoretical astrophysics. Further information can be found at 
Project description 
The project is financed by Villum Foundation, through the Young Investigator Grant “Architectures for non-Abelian Anyons”. Its main focus will be the study of interacting topological phases of matter with the aim of designing models and engineering platforms for the creation of novel many-body quantum states with topological order and anyonic quasiparticles. 
Significant effort will be devoted to study several quantum models inspired by electronic nanostructures as well as ultracold atom setups, with the goal of detecting and manipulating non-Abelian anyons, investigating their non-local properties and designing architectures for topological quantum computation. 
Principal supervisor is Dr. Michele Burrello, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. 
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 with excellent 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 (approx. €43,015) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,567). 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, including a summary of your MSc thesis and scientific interests 
  • 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 2 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 May 2019, 23:59 GMT +2.
Applications received after the deadline for applications 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. 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 Dr. Michele Burrello ( 
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at:

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Application deadline: 24-05-2019
Employment start: 01-09-2019
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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