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 academia, 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.

About the Wallenberg Center 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. 

Information about the Quantum Technology laboratory
The Quantum Technology Laboratory (QTLab) at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2) will commence as a new division at MC2 in the beginning of 2018. The QTLab will perform cutting edge research in the field of quantum technologies. Quantum technologies rely on the ability to control matter on the quantum level. This level of control enables novel ways of processing information that allows quantum technologies to go beyond classical information processing capabilities. A major focus of the QTLab lies on building a quantum computer based on superconducting qubits. The QTLab also explores quantum sensors based on mechanical quantum devices. The QTLab provides an international, creative and stimulating research environment. The laboratory has access to excellent in-house clean-room facilities at the Nanofabrication Laboratory of MC2 for fabricating state-of-the-art devices.

Information about the project
The research project is placed in the wider context of exploring the quantum behaviour of mechanical resonators and their application in the field of quantum technologies. Quantum-controlled mechanical resonators unlock a qualitatively novel regime of operation. This may allow researchers in the future to look into yet unexplored territory, such as the gravitational interaction between quantum systems. It could also lead to new generations of sensors that allow for a more precise navigation in space.

The project focusses on levitated systems that achieve a maximal isolation of an object from its environment. This results in a drastic reduction of thermal noise and makes the levitated object an ideal sensor for forces or accelerations. Levitation has also been proposed as a means to bring massive objects into the quantum regime for studying macroscopic quantum states. Recently, magnetic levitation has been suggested as an alternative to optical levitation with the benefit of less noise due to the absence of photons.

The PostDoctoral project explores the novel platform of chip-based superconducting magnetic levitation of micrometer-sized particles with the goal of exploiting the coupling of the levitated object to SQUIDs or superconducting LC resonators to control the motion of the levitated particle down to the quantum regime.

Major responsibilities
We are seeking a highly motivated and outstanding candidate to start as PostDoctoral researcher in the newly established research group lead by Dr. Witlef Wieczorek. We expect you to show initiative by proactively developing and contributing with your own research ideas and pursuing your own research within the advertised project.

Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. The position also includes teaching on undergraduate and master's levels as well as supervising master's and/or PhD students to a certain extent. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Position summary
The PostDoctoral research position is a full-time temporary employment for one year, with a possible extension for another year. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1) in total. This position is part of the Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology, which commences in the beginning of 2018.

The applicant should have obtained a PhD degree in Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Microtechnology, Nanotechnology, or similar. The degree should generally not be older than three years. Your recent publications and PhD thesis should be relevant to the field described in this advertisement. Experience with Superconductivity, SQUID technology, Quantum Optics, and/or Microfabrication is considered a merit. The applicant shall be self-propelled with a strong driving force to pursue excellent research. The applicant shall excel both in collaborative team research as well as in independent work.  Fluency in English is a requirement.

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 20170613 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

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

Application deadline: 21 January 2018

For questions, please contact:
Dr. Witlef Wieczorek, Assistant Professor, QTL

*** 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 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!