The Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience focuses on research, innovation and education within the fields of future electronics, photonics, bio- and nanosystems. A close collaboration with Swedish and international partners within academy, industry and society enables scientific excellence and creates an innovative environment. In addition to the 200 researchers and PhD students, MC2 houses a cleanroom for micro- and nanofabrication with the latest equipment.

Building a superconducting quantum computer
Within the Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology at Chalmers (see below), we will build a superconducting quantum computer. As a part of this effort we are currently seeking a PhD student in theoretical physics, who will explore what a quantum computer can achieve in machine learning, as well as what machine learning can do to enable quantum computing. The work will first consist of learning basic aspects of machine learning as well as superconducting quantum computers. The aim is then to implement and test the performance of quantum machine learning algortihms, first on a classical computer and in the near future on quantum hardware.    

About the Wallenberg Venter for Quantum Technology - WACQT
The Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT) is a 10-year initiative aimed to bring Swedish academia and industry to the forefront of Quantum Technology (QT). The four pillars of QT are: Quantum Computing, Quantum Simulation, Quantum Communication and Quantum Sensing. The centre is funded mainly by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundations with additional contributions from the participating universities and industry. At Chalmers, the focus will be to build a superconducting quantum computer/simulator and to explore useful applications of quantum computing/simulation. As a PhD student within WACQT you will also be part of the WACQT PhD school, including joint courses and summer/winter schools together with PhD students from other universities in the center.

About the division
At the Applied Quantum Physics Laboratory (AQP lab), we work on theoretical aspects of future high-performance nano-electronic systems. Our research covers a broad spectrum of problems, everything from the fundamental problems to the very applied ones.

We work in close collaboration with the experimental groups at the department, and are part of the Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology (WACQT).

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibilities are to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing.

Some teaching may be included for the sake of strengthening the PhD students' pedagogical qualifications.

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

Qualifications
Required qualifications:
• MSc in Physics, Applied Physics, Theoretical Physics, Computer Science or equivalent.
• Fluency in English, oral and written; interest and skills in working collaboratively as well as independently.
• The candidate should appreciate working in cross-disciplinary projects together with experimentalists.

Desired qualifications:
• Experience in quantum field theory, circuit-QED, solid-state physics, superconductivity, quantum information.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170603 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. 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 and present your qualifications.
• A statement about your relation to research and why you are interested in quantum computing.

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

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 28 February 2018 (evaluation continuously)

For questions, please contact:
Prof. Göran Johansson, 
MC2/AQP, 
goran.l.johansson@chalmers.se,
+46-31-772 3237

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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 eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, 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!