Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Quantum Optics

Ref. No. SU FV-2972-19

at the Department of Physics. Closing date: 6 October, 2019.

The Department of Physics is one of the biggest departments within the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 240 employees of which 95 are PhD students. Many have been internationally recruited. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which apart from the Department of Physics houses the Department of Astronomy, the Physics Departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita). 

Project description
The newly established group of Quantum Phenomenology is hiring a Postdoctoral Fellow in theoretical quantum physics. Research in the group focuses on quantum optics, quantum control and quantum information theory. One major research interest is the interface between gravity and quantum physics at low energies, focusing on how gravity affects quantum optical systems, what novel effects can arise and how to probe them in experiments.

The project will be supervised by Assistant Professor Igor Pikovski and includes topics in:

  • Quantum optical systems such as optomechanics, atomic clocks and atomic fountains
  • Effects of weak gravity in quantum mechanics
  • Quantum gravity signatures at low energies
  • Quantum optical probes of general relativity and beyond standard model physics
  • Quantum foundations

We seek a motivated Postdoctoral Fellow with interest in fundamental quantum research that is close to quantum optics experiments. The Postdoc will be embedded in a vibrant research environment at the AlbaNova University Center. The group is also affiliated with the LISA consortium, the group of Prof. Frank Wilczek and the Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology that connects Swedish quantum research groups.

Main responsibilities
The Postdoc is hired primarily for research in theoretical physics. The position may also involve student supervision and teaching.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country. Qualified applicants should hold a PhD in Physics. 

Assessment criteria
In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills, previous publications, interest in the subject and the ability to conduct independent research. Previous research experience in quantum optics and/or quantum information is favorable. Interviews will be used to assess qualifications of the applicant.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension for another year. Start date 2020-01-01 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Assistant Professor Igor Pikovski,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references
    Important: Your academic referees should send us recommendation letters via email to: and state in the subject line: SU FV-2972-19 + name of the applicant.

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

Closing date: 06/10/2019

Read the job description at the university homepage


Post expires on Sunday October 6th, 2019