PhD student positions in Hybrid Quantum Systems

Ref REF 2023-0797

In the Hybrid Quantum Systems Laboratory, we will develop nanofabricated devices to create interfaces between cold atoms, light and motion. We will use these devices to create quantum states of mechanical motion. If you have a passion for highly collaborative, experimental research and want to learn advanced technical skills ranging from nanofabrication to atomic and optical physics, this is for you!

Project description
The Hybrid Quantum Systems Laboratory at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience at Chalmers is a new laboratory that will exploit the exquisite control over light enabled by photonics. Nanofabrication of photonic integated circuits and mechanical oscillators with ultralow loss is at the heart of our research. Cold atoms are the third ingredient, and we will use the tools of atomic physics to cool and trap atoms and couple their quantum states to light and mechanical motion. By exploiting this interaction, we will probe quantum physics at the macroscopic scale. The systems we develop will be exquisite spin sensors, enabling applications in biosensing and material characterization.

Major responsibilities
As a PhD student, your main focus will be on conducting research and developing your skills - both technical and transferable. You will work as a part of a team and will be expected to collaborate effectively with a diverse and international group. As one of the first PhD students in the group, you will play a large role in the design, construction and operation of new and complex experiments, which means you will learn all the skills necessary to lead a research project.

The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 percent of working hours.

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Physics, Applied Physics, Nanotechnology, Photonics or Electrical Engineering. Exceptional candidates with a Bachelor's degree may qualify in some cases.

Experience with any of the following is beneficial: experimental atomic physics, optics, photonics, nanofabrication, nanomechanics or cryogenics. If you are unsure about your qualifications, please contact us.

Fluency in written and spoken English is necessary.

Contract terms
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with reference number 20230785 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, reference number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, ref.number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. 

Application deadline: March 10, 2024

For questions, please contact:
Nils Johan Engelsen
Division of Quantum Technology
Tel: +46 70 852 51 42

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. ***    

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!


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