Phd fellow to implement spin qubits based on silicone germanium structures

PhD Project to implement spin qubits based on silicon-germanium structures

Center for Quantum Devices is offering a PhD scholarship commencing December 1. or as soon as possible thereafter.

The last year has seen tremendous advances in fabricating spin qubit devices from group IV semiconductors. This PhD project will investigate spin qubits realized in natural and isotopically purified silicon-germanium heterostructures. The objective is to create ultra-coherent qubit devices that can be controlled, coupled, and read out in a scalable geometry.

Research involves experimental design, fabrication of submicron devices, radio-frequency measurement in a dilution refrigerator, data analysis, and scientific writing. The candidate should have a strong background in physics at the master level (or undergraduate degree from US) with advanced coursework in quantum mechanics and condensed matter physics, as well as significant experimental experience. Experience and coursework in electronics and quantum information is also helpful.

The PhD student will work closely with the existing spin qubit team in Copenhagen, and receive further support through collaboration and exchange with theoretical and experimental labs within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network "Spin-NANO".

Project supervisors are Ferdinand Kuemmeth ( and Charles Marcus (

Job description Your key tasks as a PhD student at Science are:

- Manage and carry through your research project
- Take PhD courses
- Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
- Participate in congresses
- Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
- Teach and disseminate your research

Formal requirements The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master's degree, or for a 4-year period for applicants with a Bachelor degree and sufficient coursework for this position. At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.

Eligibility requirement/mobility rule As the funding for this PhD position originates from the EU MSCA ITN action, the eligibility requirements of this program applies. The appointed researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity more than 12 months in the past three years immediately prior to his/her appointment in Denmark. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. Applicants can be of any nationality, but are required to comply with the mobility rule when taking up the appointment.

Terms of employment The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. For students with a Master degree the starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 305,291 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,171). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW The deadline for applications is September 15.

Please include

- Cover Letter, stating motivation and background
- Curriculum vitae
- Transcript or other indication of courses and grades (Finalists will need official transcript)
- Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications
- Contact information (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 references
- Finalists will need to provide documentation of English language proficiency.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no. 1039 of 27 August 2013 PhD Order. (

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Questions For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at PhD Regulations (


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