Postdoc positions in Experimental and Theoretical Quantum Science at Aarhus University

The Center for Complex Quantum Systems at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, invites applications for several postdoc positions with exciting opportunities to join new collaborative research projects in theoretical and experimental quantum physics.

The positions are available from September 1 2020, or as soon as possible hereafter.

The position is a two year full-time position.

Job description
The newly founded Center for Complex Quantum Systems offers a vivid research environment at the exciting interface of quantum optics, quantum information science and many-body physics. Our research focusses on new hybrid quantum systems composed of interacting atoms, ions and photons, and seeks to deepen our understanding of collective quantum phenomena, and to facilitate the development of future applications by developing new techniques to control the dynamics of such quantum systems. Close links to other major research activities, like the ‘Semper Ardens’ research project QCooL, and the European research networks SQUARE ,  C’MonQSens and ErBeStA provide further opportunities to contribute to collaborative research efforts on quantum nonlinear optics, quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum sensing. Specific research topics for the open positions include. 

  • Quantum control of many-body systems subject to continuous probing, measurements and feedback,
  • Quantum sensing and quantum information protocols based on continuous measurements,
  • Light-matter interactions in atomic and solid-state systems and collective phenomena,
  • Theory and implementations of quantum simulations,
  • Mobile impurities and quasiparticles in hybrid quantum systems,
  • New quantum phases of matter, strong correlations and topological order,
  • Quantum dynamics in hybrid systems of ultracold ions and neutral atoms,
  • Collective coupling and quantum-state control of trapped ions in optical cavities,
  • Correlations and quantum effects in Bose Einstein condensates,
  • Optical control of quantum impurities and interacting polaritons in synthetic quantum systems.

Many of these questions will be addressed in both theory and experiment, and the successful candidate will get the opportunity to support and stimulate close collaborations between the experimental and theoretical groups within the CCQ. For more information on specific research directions please contact the participating PIs:

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD degree in physics. We are looking for talented and highly motivated applicants with a keen interest in experimental and theoretical AMO physics, quantum information science and technology, quantum optics or statistical and many-body physics. The successful applicants should demonstrate both collaborative skills and an ability for independent original research. The CCQ is aware of the under representation of minorities in physics, and will be happy to welcome and set up the means to mentor a diverse group of researchers who pursue early stage research with us.

Who are we?
The CCQ has been recently founded within the Center of Excellence framework of the Danish National Research Foundation and offers a lively platform for interactions across topics and departments in the broad area of quantum science. The Center wishes to provide optimal conditions for the personal and scientific development of its PhD students and postdocs, and the successful applicants are encouraged to participate in a variety of transferable skill courses, workshops and programs, offered by Aarhus University.

Denmark is known for a high quality of life and a healthy work-life balance, and the city of Aarhus offers many recreational and cultural activites in a safe, tolerant and casual atmosphere.

Place of Work and area of Employment The place of work is Ny Munkegade 120, DK-8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Please see for further information about the hosting Department for Physics and Astronomy.

Contact information
Further information about the positions and application procedure may be obtained from:
Thomas Pohl (
Jan Arlt (
Georg Bruun (
Michael Drewsen (
Klaus Mølmer (

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.


Application deadline
1 August 2020

Aarhus University
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