PhD and postdoctoral position in the theory of hybrid quantum devices

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Saturday, September 30, 2023

The junior research group of Dr. Ondřej Černotík at Palacký University Olomouc invites applications for one PhD student and one postdoctoral researcher position. The successful candidates will conduct theoretical research at the interface of quantum optics and quantum technology in hybrid quantum devices comprising superconducting circuits, trapped ions, and levitated nanoparticles. The aim of the project is to develop new, highly efficient control techniques for interfacing microwave fields with ions, nanoparticles, and light for novel nonlinear opto-electro-mechanical experiments. The planned work will use a combination of analytical and numerical methods and be performed in close collaboration with the broader team of Prof. Radim Filip at Palacký University and Prof. Pavel Zemánek at the Institute of Scientific Instruments of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
PhD position
The ideal candidate has a master’s degree awarded within the last two years with a master thesis focusing on theoretical quantum optics, experience with numerical tools such as Python, and a high level of English. The PhD study lasts four years and has a flexible start; we encourage a three-month paid internship before the start of the PhD study. The monthly salary for PhD students is 35,000–50,000 CZK before tax (approximately 1,500–2,000 EUR) depending on performance.
Postdoc position
The ideal postdoctoral candidate holds a PhD in theoretical quantum optics within the last three years, has experience simulating open quantum systems using Python and Qutip or similar tools, at least two first-author publications or preprints in quantum optics, and a high level of English. The position is for two years with flexible start, three-month probation period, and an evaluation after one year; an extension is possible depending on research performance. The monthly salary is 50,000–75,000 CZK before tax (approximately 2,000–3,000 EUR) depending on previous experience and performance.
The institution
Palacký University Olomouc is one of the leading institutions in the field of quantum optics and quantum information in the Czech Republic and Central Europe. This research is supported by active international collaborations, systematic training, networking, and outreach activities. The junior group is hosted within the larger theory team of Prof. Radim Filip. This diverse and international team (consisting of over 25 faculty, permanent staff, postdoctoral researchers, PhD students, and undergraduate students) offers career development, individual support by experienced senior researchers, and an innovative and inspirational atmosphere.
How to apply
Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Černotík directly (email: with any questions regarding the positions. Formal applications should include the following documents:
• For PhD position
o Cover letter outlining how the candidate fulfils the listed requirements (at most one page long),
o CV and transcript of record,
o Copy of the candidate’s master thesis,
o Contact details of one senior figure who can provide a reference upon request.
• For postdoctoral position
o Cover letter outlining how the candidate fulfils the listed requirements and their plans for the position (limit two pages),
o CV and a complete list of publications,
o Copy of the candidate’s dissertation,
o Contact details of two senior scientists who can provide references upon request.
Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. Please note that other material might be requested at any point during the hiring process.