Assistant Professor in Quantum Materials Characterization using Electron Microscopy methods 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, generously 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 an assistant professor in Quantum Materials Characterization with a proven track record in Electron Microscopy methods to join our versatile characterization team. You will be in charge of our electron microscopy tools which include modern, state-of-the-art SEM and FIB/SEM and you will have local access to a TEM: ‘Thermo Scientific F200i’.

With these tools you will develop, run and automize characterization protocols for our novel materials, with the aim of standardizing methods for reliable and precise extraction of relevant metrics. This will be done in close collaboration with the growth, fabrication, and theory & simulation teams as well as various international partners from industry and academia.

As assistant professor you will apply for funding and build a team to help developing and maintaining the characterization flow.

The successful candidate will have some of the following qualifications:   

  • PhD in physics, engineering, chemistry or related
  • An established international reputation and/or more than 5 years’ experience with electron microscopy
  • Deep understanding of the properties of materials and their underlying structures
  • Experience with systems engineering concepts, scripting for automation and data logging.
  • Good communication skills and ability to coordinate the work in a complex research program

Assessment of applicants
We will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. The ability to attract external funding will be considered together with outreach qualifications. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more at .

Why Us?
Joining NQCP now, you will be involved from the very beginning and contribute to the fulfilment of the mission of NQCP. We want to make Denmark a world leader in quantum research, and we hope to attract people from all over the world.

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.

The position is open from 1 December 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of salary and 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. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The employment will last for 4 years after start date.

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 15 October 2023, 23:59 GMT +2.

Please include:

  • Curriculum vitae, including a short cover letter.
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans 
  • If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications - please describe and document:
    • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students
    • Teaching experience
    • Formal pedagogical training
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Further information
For further information please contact Asbjørn Drachmann ( or Kasper-Grove Rasmussen (              

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Application deadline: 15-10-2023
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Department/Location: The Niels Bohr Institute

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