PhD fellow in Theoretical Quantum Optics and Quantum Information

The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Theoretical Quantum Optics commencing 1 December 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The theoretical quantum optics group investigates a broad range of topics in theoretical quantum optics and quantum information. The main focus is on the implementation of quantum information processing in a variety of physical systems, ranging from solid state to quantum optical systems. Currently most of the research is focused on quantum communication and light matter interactions.

The research group is part of the Center for Hybrid Quantum Networks (Hy-Q), which aims at exploiting photons to couple disparate quantum systems. The group is also part of the Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA), a European effort to build a global quantum internet.

Project description
The Ph.D. project should be within the general research area of Hy-Q. The precise content of the project will be agreed upon with the successful candidate but possible topics includ

  • Quantum networks for long distance quantum communications
  • Strong photon-photon interactions induced by material systems
  • Quantum information processing with single photon emitters.


Principal supervisor is Professor Anders Søndberg Sørensen, Center for Hybrid Quantum Networks (Hy-Q) and The Niels Bohr Institute, email:, 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 a related area 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 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). 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)
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)

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 October 2020, 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 Professor Anders Søndberg Sørensen, email:, phone (+45) 24661377.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 01-10-2020
Employment start: 01-12-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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