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PhD scholarship in experimental quantum optomechanics, Technical University of Denmark

At the Center for Macroscopic Quantum States (bigQ) at DTU Physics, we seek an excellent, ambitious, and proactive experimentalist to take on a PhD project in the highly topical field of quantum optomechanics with the vision of testing the theory of quantum mechanics in a new domain and developing a new efficient quantum memory for quantum information processing.

You will work together with our established optomech team of Phd students, postdocs and engineers to develop a unique cavity opto-mechanical system at ultra-low temperatures. The aim is to bring the mechanical modes of a centimeter-long crystal into the true quantum domain; producing highly exotic, never-seen-before, states of the macroscopic mechanical systems, controlled by an optical light beam. Such as system can then be used for testing quantum mechanics in a new domain and for developing new quantum information processing applications such as quantum memory and quantum transduction.

bigQ is a Danish national Center of Excellence in quantum information science and technology. The purpose of the center is to explore quantum physics in new macroscopic regimes, deepening our understanding of quantum physics, and speeding up the development of emerging quantum technologies. Our main focus is basic research, but we strongly encourage and support innovation and industry partnerships.

The center offers a stimulating and diverse working environment, comprising around 45 people (with 17 nationalities) including Faculty members, PhD students, postdocs, engineers and an administrator.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The project will be carried out in the optomechanics team of the bigQ center. The team currently conducts research into optical feedback cooling of micro-mechanical resonators, development of ultra-coherent mechanical devices using topology optimisation, theoretical quantum optomechanic, bulk Brilliouin acoustic-optics and spin-mechanics. We expect you to actively engage in the team and contribute to and make your expertise available to all of the team’s activities.

We are looking for an exceptional physicist with extraordinary talents and outstanding drive. In particular, we are looking for academic excellence and/or demonstrated scientific achievements. We also expect you to have a strong ability to conceive new ideas, construct well-working experimental setups. Essential is your internal drive to achieve significant and ground-breaking results.

We expect you to

    • be excited about large challenges and enjoy solving them.
    • have an extraordinary drive towards achieving groundbreaking results.
    • enjoy working in a team, be excited about sharing your expertise with other group members and at the same time have an open-minded spirit.
    • love physics discussions and participating in thoughtful conversations.
    • make things work and deliver!

Further qualifications
You should be motivated and dedicated to do research of the highest standards, be able to work closely with other team members, and share our values of scientific curiosity and creativity. We require demonstrated expertise in experimental quantum optics, preferably with proficiency in optomechanics.

You must have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU’s rules for the PhD education.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by centre leader Prof. Ulrik L. Andersen.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. Starting date is as soon as possible after academic approval or according to mutual agreement.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Ulrik L. Andersen,

You can read more about QPIT at DTU Physics at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 19 August 2022 (Danish time).

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Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

    • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale
    • At least two references for the inquiry of recommendation letters

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Physics is a modern department with an emphasis on strong professionalism. We want to be elitist in physics and we demand a lot of our employees and students.
We focus on research, teaching and innovation in areas with fundamental challenges and application potentials. We cover areas such as surface physics, materials science, computer-based material calculations, fluid dynamics, biophysics, plasma physics and quantum physics, and we encourage collaboration between the areas.
Applications range from sustainable energy and the materials of the future to quantum technology.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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