Microsoft Quantum PhD Fellowship: Experimental Aspects of Statistics and Braiding in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect, Center for Quantum Devices and Microsoft Quantum Lab - Copenhagen

The Center for Quantum Devices and Microsoft Quantum Lab - Copenhagen is planning to hire one or more PhD students in the area of experimental detection of anyonic statistics such as non-abelian fusion rules and braiding in fractional quantum Hall systems.
Related experiments can be seen in
McClure, et al. PRL 108, 256804 (2012) and the theoretical basis for the proposed experiments can be found in Das Sarma, Freedman, and Nayak PRL 94, 166802 (2005), and Bonderson, Kitaev, and Shtengel, PRL 96 016803 (2006). Applicant should hold a master’s degree or a US undergraduate degree in Physics or Applied Physics with relevant experimental experience, ideally including published research. For students with an undergraduate degree, see HERE.

The project involves nanofabrication using electron-beam lithography and other cleanroom methods, cryogenics using a cryogen-free dilution refrigerator, low-noise measurement techniques, data analysis and programming, interaction with theoretical physicists, and scientific writing in English.

Inquiries about the position can be made to Charles Marcus (

The position is open from 1 February 2021 or, by arrangement.

About the Center for Quantum Devices and Microsoft Quantum Lab Copenhagen
The Center for Quantum Devices is a basic research center supported in part by the Danish National Research Foundation, comprising materials research, experimental physics, nanoelectronics and condensed matter theory. Information about the center can be found at

Microsoft Quantum - Copenhagen is a research center sponsored by Microsoft aimed at developing topological quantum information processing hardware. The Copenhagen Lab works collaboration with other Microsoft Labs in Lyngby DK, Delft NL, Sydney AU, and in the US at Purdue IN, Santa Barbara CA, and Redmond, WA. and For further information about Microsoft Quantum visit


Terms of employment
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 salary is around 400k DKK per year plus additional pension of 70k DKK.

Please send an application that describes your background and research interests. The application must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.Enclose CV with publication list, short description of your work relevant to the research field (e.g. PhD, Master’s thesis), and names and contact information on up to three scientific referees (do not send letters). It is OK if you have not yet finished your studies, as long as you are close. The start date is flexible.

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2020, 23:59 GMT +1

As an equal opportunity employer, the University of Copenhagen invites applications from all interested candidates, regardless of gender, age, religion, or ethnic origin.

You can read about the recruitment process 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: 15-12-2020
Employment start: 01-02-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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