Junior Characterization Engineer at the NNF Quantum Computing Programme

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Quantum Computing Programme (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, funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, 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.


NQCP is looking for a junior engineer to support our material characterization efforts. You will be working across multiple tools and platforms, enacting characterization protocols for our novel materials and reliably and precisely extracting relevant metrics. This will be done in close collaboration with the materials growth and fabrication teams as well as various international partners from industry and academia.



The successful candidate will have some of the following qualifications:   

  • Masters degree in physics, engineering, materials science or related
  • Some experience with techniques including: atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, electrical measurements, optical microscopy.
  • Experience with process engineering concepts, automation and data logging.
  • A service minded approach and willingness to learn and adapt to new techniques.
  • Good communication skills and ability to work in a complex research program.

Why Us?

Joining NQCP now, you will contribute to the fulfilment of the mission of NQCP. Life in Denmark is supported with strong social services (free universal healthcare, free/subsidised language courses, paid parental leave, subsidised day care institutions and excellent public schools). Our work culture is very egalitarian and prioritises work life balance. Dual career families are the norm, and workplaces offer flexibility to support everyone in having both an exciting career and good family time. Danish cities are known for having excellent infrastructure, for example through widespread bike path networks. We can also offer a thriving food-scene, excellent museums, and beautiful natural scenery.


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).


Employment will be as academic officer or special consultant depending on your educational and professional background. The salary is based on seniority. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. The working time is 37 hours per week on average and the working hours are flexible. The position is limited in time to 2 years from the date of employment.


Appointment will be subject to receipt of a security clearance.


Your application

If you find the one of the above job areas 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 31st July 2024.


Please include:

  • Curriculum vitae, including a short cover letter.
  • Diplomas (Masters degree or equivalent)
  • Publication list (if relevant)


Further information

For further information please contact Asbjørn Drachmann (asbjorn.drachmann@nbi.ku.dk) or Jim Webb (james.webb@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 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: 31-07-2024
Employment start: 01-10-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet
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