PhD position in Quantum Optomechanics at the Niels Bohr Institute

We seek outstanding candidates for a PhD position to work on quantum optomechanics experiments at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. The position is open from 1 July 2022 or by arrangement.

Project description
The development of extremely coherent mechanical resonators has recently enabled dramatic advances in the performance of quantum sensors for force and displacement, for which the Quantum Optomechanics group at the Niels Bohr Institute has played a pioneering role (e.g. Nature Nanotechnology, Nature, Nature Physics).

The fellowship aims to take this platform to the next level, by generating and harnessing quantum correlations and entanglement via parametric interactions in hybrid opto- and electromechanical systems. The candidate will perform cutting-edge experiments using quantum optical, superconducting microwave, and ultralow-temperature (milli-Kelvin) cryogenic techniques. They will also develop theoretical models and compare it to the data taken. Applications of this research range from gravitational wave detectors, via quantum memories and transducers, to quantum-limited scanning probe microscopy. The project enjoys dedicated support from the European Research Council (ERC) and the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Albert Schliesser

Scientific environment
The Quantum Optomechanics group brings together researchers from all over the world, and various scientific backgrounds, in a dynamic team. We have world-class infrastructure at our disposal and access to cutting-edge nanofabrication facilities.

The research is embedded in the Center of Excellence “Hybrid Quantum Networks Hy-Q,” whose mission is to merge disparate quantum system into large-scale quantum networks. We have a wide collaboration network, which provides access not only to first-class theoretical support, but also broad expertise in all of quantum optics and electronics. The larger quantum community at the Niels Bohr Institute provides for a stimulating environment with ample opportunity for interactions, and exposure to international frontier research through e.g. seminars and lectures.

Further information about the Quantum Optomechanics group can be found at

We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • enthusiasm to acquire, apply and advance scientific skills
  • Good language skills

Job description

The PhD position is for a 3-year period and the key tasks as a PhD student at Science are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project 
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should have an MSc degree in physics or related fields with excellent results and very good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

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.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 328,355 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 53,360). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the PhD project
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

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

The deadline for applications is Monday 1 March 2022, 23:59 GMT+1.  Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Deadline: 2022-03-01 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Science

Read the job description at the university homepage or Apply.

Post expires on tirsdag marts 1st, 2022