Quantum Photonic Engineer

NNF Quantum Computing Programme (NQCP)

Niels Bohr Institute
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

NQCP is establishing a talented and diverse international team to create a cutting-edge quantum programme in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark. At the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, where the formulation of Quantum Mechanics was born 100 years ago, we aim to establish an international quantum computing programme that will drive research and innovations at multiple levels - from developing scalable quantum processor technologies to solutions for the quantum-classical control and readout interface, and all the way to quantum algorithms and applications.  The long-term mission of the programme is to develop fault-tolerant quantum computing hardware and quantum algorithms that solve life-science-relevant chemical and biological problems.

We are seeking an experienced quantum photonic engineer for the development of high-quality quantum photonic systems. The employee will be focusing on designing, assembling, and advancing state-of-the-art experiments to develop hardware for the generation and processing of high-quality photonic entanglement, central to our photonic quantum processors.  The work will be performed as part of the Photonic Platform team, in collaboration with I/O Control and Cryogenics teams. The scope of responsibility centers on photonic system engineering, and includes running measurements, data tracking & analysis, and reporting.


  • Build quantum photonic experiments, including cryogenic and optical setups.
  • Implement and document experiments, analyze data, generate reports.
  • Help managing the use of existing equipment and selecting the equipment for specialized tests.
  • Engage with the simulation and design of solid-state hardware for photonic entanglement generation.
  • Engage with other teams developing device fabrication, control, and architecture; help standardizing benchmarks between qubit platforms.


  • PhD in physics, engineering, nanotechnologies, or related.
  • 2+ years’ experimental work with quantum optics and/or cryogenic systems.
  • Proven skill in working with photonics (e.g. lasers, single-photon detectors, spectroscopy, linear and nonlinear optics).
  • Experience with cryogenic equipment (e.g. designing and operating cryostats, electric and/or optical control of cryogenic devices).
  • Experience in modeling, controlling and analyzing experiments.


Terms of salary and employment

The employment and salary are made in accordance with the Circular on the Collective Agreement concerning academics in the state sector concluded between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

The salary is based on seniority. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. The working time are 37 hours per week on average. The working hours are flexible.

Your application

If you find the job interesting, please send an electronic application with attachment via Jobportalen (click on the link "Apply Now" at the bottom of the post) no later than 8 January 2023.

Interviews will take place during week 2 and 3, 2023.

Please include:

  • Curriculum vitae, including a short cover letter.
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Publication list (if relevant)
  • Separate reprints of up to 3 particularly relevant papers


Further information

For further information about the position, please contact: Stefano Paesani: stefano.paesani@nbi.ku.dk or Peter Lodahl: lodahl@nbi.ku.dk

The Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen – or SCIENCE – is Denmark's largest science research and education institution with 4,000 employees and 9,700 Bachelor and Master's students in 12 departments. The Faculty has an annual budget of DKK 3 billion.

Learn more about The Faculty of Science at www.science.ku.dk

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.


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: 08-01-2023
Employment start: 01-03-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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