PhD Fellowship in experimental condensed matter physics and quantum devices

Niels Bohr Institute at the Faulty of Science, University of Copenhagen are seeking for outstanding candidates for a PhD position to work on experimental condensed matter quantum-simulation platforms at the Center for Quantum Devices.

The position is open from 1 March 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Project
The project focuses on the experimental development and operation of solid-state quantum devices for applications in quantum simulation. A key platform is systems of multiple electronic quantum dots coupled to superconducting microwave resonators. The student will develop experiments for a new dilution cryostat equipped with high frequency measurement equipment. The project combines materials characterization, e.g. by electron microscopy, nanofabrication, low-temperature physics using cryofree dilution refrigerators, low-noise and high-frequency electrical measurement techniques, data analysis, interaction with theoretical physicists and materials scientists, and scientific writing in English. The PhD student will work closely with other researchers at the department developing superconducting microwave resonators and semiconducting materials, e.g. nanowires for quantum dots that will be implemented in these experiments.

The project is part of the SolidQ research program on solid-state quantum simulators sponsored through a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Collaboration with our various partner institutes in Europe will be promoted and encouraged.

The principal supervisor will be Professor Jesper Nygård, and inquiries about the position can be shared with him.

Who are we looking for?
Applicants should hold a master’s degree in physics, applied physics, engineering or nanoscience, ideally with relevant experimental experience and published research and have:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant work experience
  • Relevant publications
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in condensed matter physics
  • Good language skills

Our group and research - and what do we offer?
The Center for Quantum Devices is a research center supported by the Danish National Research Foundation, comprising materials research, experimental solid-state physics, quantum nanoelectronics, and condensed matter theory. It has a state-of-the-art fabrication cleanroom enabling researchers to conduct their experiments on the highest-quality devices.

The Center provides a vibrant scientific environment with cutting-edge research performed across many different groups in fundamental condensed matter, with close ties to a strong theory department as well as longstanding collaborations with industry. The center is part of the Niels Bohr Institute, which has played a pivotal role in shaping our understanding of quantum physics for the past century.

Further information about QDev can be found at

The PhD programme
A three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme), only for students who already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering or Nano Science. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

Application and Assessment Procedure
Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Motivation letter of application (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills, previous work and other skills relevant for the position and research field
  • Original diplomas for Bachelor and Master degree and transcript of records in the original language, including English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If the Master degree is not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  • Publication list (if possible)
  • If possible, please list up to three scientists that you have worked with closely in your past research

Application deadline:
The deadline for applications is 15 October 2023, 23:59 GMT +2.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above-mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment.

You can read about the recruitment process at

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website:

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 


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: 15-10-2023
Employment start: 01-03-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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