PhD Position in Nonlinear Quantum Optics with Ultracold Ytterbium

A PhD position is available in the Nonlinear Quantum Optics group (Associate Professor Sebastian Hofferberth), Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy. The project involves the realization of single-photon optical nonlinearities in a new experimental setup using ultracold Ytterbium. The candidate is expected to lead the experimental realization of this novel system, including the development of all required experiment components.

The applicant must have a strong background in quantum optics and atomic physics, such as an MSc in physics (5+3 programme).

The applicant is expected to have experience with experimental techniques such as ultracold atom preparation, single-photon detection, and Rydberg atom spectroscopy.
Ideally, the applicant should have passed a master-level advanced course in modern atomic physics, quantum optics or equivalent. These requirements must be clearly documented in the submitted CV, otherwise the application will not be considered. The candidate should be independent and able to communicate fluently in English, as well as possess good interpersonal skills. The expected start date is 1 September 2019. Application deadline:  1 July 2019. 

For more information please contact Associate Professor Sebastian Hofferberth, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense, e-mail:

This position is subject to the entry into force of grant agreement no 123456 funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

Application, salary etc.
Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement of 10 November 2015 on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (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.

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:
• A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
• A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box “Application form”)
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information
• Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades
• At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

Further information for international applicants considering applying for a job at the University of Southern Denmark. Please take a look at the webpage from our International Staff Office (ISO) at The University of Southern Denmark.

Deadline: 1 July 2019
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Odense
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Monday July 1st, 2019