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PhD position in Superconducting Qubit Research

Join our quest for the next generation of superconducting qubits!

QuTech

QuTech is a mission-driven research institute, run 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.

QuTech is creating the quantum future. We believe that quantum technology can 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. QuTech’s research and engineering activities are conducted in three divisions: Quantum Computing, Quantum Internet and Qubit Research. Our divisions and support teams include 220 FTE and over 300 dedicated people, and we are happy to welcome new colleagues who share our vision and enthusiasm!

Job description

TU Delft invites applicants for a position as a PhD in the new lab of Christian Kraglund Andersen. The group’s goal is to develop novel superconducting and superconducting/semiconductor qubit architectures and as part of the team you will have the opportunity to contribute to all aspects of developing the highest performing qubit; from qubit design and fabrication, to managing and operating the measurement setup and electronics and finally towards performing high-level experiments and analysis to assess the qubit characteristics and its gate performance.

Requirements

PhD applicants must have completed (or expect completion soon) of a master’s degree in physics or engineering or equivalent.

We expect the successful applicants to have prior experience in one of the following topics:

  • Fabrication of superconducting, semiconductor or hybrid quantum devices
  • Microwave electronics for operating quantum experiments
  • Design and simulation of circuit QED and superconducting qubit devices
  • Experimental characterization and data analysis of qubit based systems

Conditions of employment

This offer contains a temporary appointment for 4 years. The full-time salary is based on VSNU-CAO Scale P (starting salary 2.395,00 euro per month). Full-time means 38 working hours per week.TU Delft/QuTech offers a customizable compensation package, an attractive pension scheme, holiday allowance, a generous amount of holidays, a 13th month pay, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers our employees child care and an international primary school. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (VSNU-CAO). Dutch citizenship or a European working permit is required to apply.

TU Delft

Your contract will be with TU Delft. Delft University of Technology 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. 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. Together we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. Challenge. Change. Impact!

Qubit Research Division

The Qubit Research division focuses on the development of robust quantum devices: quantum bits that are intrinsically protected by underlying physical principles. We combine material science, theory, and novel device design, and our activities range from studying fundamental physical principles to fabricating new qubit prototypes. Our current research focuses on storing and manipulating quantum information using topologically protected qubits. The Qubit Research team of 60 people works in close collaboration with the Quantum Internet and Quantum Computing divisions.

In the Andersen lab, we will be working towards novel superconducting and superconducting/semiconductor qubit architectures with intrinsic protection against errors. These architectures will include fluxonium qubits, nanowire-transmon qubits and beyond. We aim towards demonstrating record low error rates to enable high-performing quantum technologies of the future. In our lab, we believe in the strength of having a diverse and inclusive work environment and we require all future members to contribute to these ideas. We therefore invite interested candidates to apply irrespective of their precise background. Similarly, we will not judge candidates primarily on standardized metrics such as GPA or citation counts.

Additional Information

For information about this vacancy you can contact Dr. Christian Kraglund Andersen, email C.K. Andersen@tudelft.nl.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Jenny Boks-Zondervan, email: j.boks-zondervan@tudelft.nl.

Application Procedure

If you are interested in this vacancy, please apply via the application button and upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter (< 1 page). Please describe your prior experience and your research interests for the future.
  • Statement of skills (< 0.5 page). Please briefly describe a technical skill of yours including one reference of that skill. The reference could be a picture of something you built, a CAD drawing you designed, a figure of something you measured, some code that you wrote or anything else that you find relevant to showcase your skill.
  • Names and email addresses of at least two references.

Screening of the applications will begin on March 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

If you are interested in this vacancy, please apply via the application button.

 

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