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PhD position in materials for spin qubits

Join the quantum revolution, join QuTech!

Job description

QuTech is a mission-driven research institute run jointly by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). Together, we work on a radically new technology with world-changing potential, developing scalable prototypes of a quantum computer and an intrinsically safe quantum internet. We are creating the quantum future, and we believe that quantum technology will be a game changer in many social and economic sectors – including health, agriculture, climate and safety. To achieve our ambitious goals, we bring together scientists, engineers and industry in an inspiring environment, with plenty of space for ambition, entrepreneurship and innovation. Our research and engineering activities are conducted in three divisions: Quantum Computing, Quantum Internet, Qubit Research. 220 FTE and over 300 curious people work in our divisions and support teams, and we actively search and welcome many more new colleagues who share our vision and enthusiasm.

This PhD position will be embedded in the Quantum Computing division and specifically in the Scappucci Lab.

Responsibilities and Tasks

We make materials for quantum computers! To empower quantum computing, you will uncover the requirements of materials that will enable qubits for the quantum information age of tomorrow. Our quantum materials have been pivotal to landmark experiments in the field of quantum information and are used globally to advance spin qubit quantum processors. Specifically, you will work on germanium-based materials and quantum devices to push the boundaries of germanium quantum technology. In your PhD track, you will be able to gain a diverse skillset ranging from quantum materials design to nanofabrication and quantum measurements at low temperatures. Join our team to be part of the thriving scientific community in Delft and contribute to the next step in the marathon towards a quantum computer.


  • MSc in Physics, Engineering, or related degrees (Nanoscience, Quantum Information)
  • Curiosity-driven, passionate, and proactive mind-set
  • Being collaborative and resilient
  • Good English writing and communication skills

Conditions of employment

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2443 per month in the first year to € 3122 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

TU Delft

Your contract will be with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). TU Delft is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. TU Delft offers 16 Bachelor’s and 32 Master’s programs to more than 23,000 students. Our scientific staff consists of 3,500 staff members and 2,800 PhD candidates. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. Challenge. Change. Impact!

Additional information

Starting out in a new country presents quite a challenge for international applicants. Therefore the Coming to Delft Service programme will provide you support ranging from informative events to the Dual Career support for accompanying partners (wishing to continue their career in the Netherlands).
Moreover on TU Delft campus there is an international day care centre and an international primary school. The international secondary school is located close to campus.

QuTech values diversity in its broadest sense, including gender, culture, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical and mental disability, socioeconomic background and opinion. At QuTech we explicitly subscribe our D&I policy https://qutech.nl/diversity-and-inclusion/, the Integrity Statement in the TU Delft Code of Conduct and the TNO Diversity and Inclusion Statement, and we ask all our staff and students to do the same.
P.S. Get a glimpse of QuTech at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-cW5ZCjSFw and get a view of our latest accomplishment at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xdn5kdfPJg.

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 31-07-2022 via the application button and upload the following documents:

  • A cover letter explaining your personal motivation in pursuing a PhD, including how you see the PhD fitting into your career trajectory;
  • A CV, which should include details of your eligibility;
  • A list of 3 references we can contact;

For more information about this position contact Giordano Scappucci, head of the Scappucci Lab and Group Leader at QuTEch via G.Scappucci@tudeflt.nl

With questions concerning the procedure contact our Recruiter Audrey Monje at A.Monje@tudelft.nl

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Get a glimpse of QuTech!

Are you curious about QuTech, our labs where we work on the development of quantum internet and quantum computers or our awesome colleagues? Watch this video and get a glimpse of QuTech!

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