PhD Position in Quantum Optomechanics

University of Copenhagen


PhD position in Quantum Optomechanics at Center for Hybrid Quantum Networks, Hy-Q, Niels Bohr Institute


We are looking for highly motivated, excellent candidates with a master’s degree in physics or related fields, to advance our research in the field of quantum optomechanics.


Project description

The Quantum Optomechanics group at the Niels Bohr Institute specializes in measurement, control and conversion of the motional quantum states. We have pioneered mechanical systems with exceptional coherence which allow reaching new regimes in this endeavor, in terms of sensitivity and efficiency [1-3].


We now seek PhD student(s) to support the exploration of novel applications in quantum sensing and information processing, including measurement-based state preparation, entanglement-enhanced measurements, mechanical quantum memories and electro-opto-mechanical conversion. 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 are looking for individuals enthusiastic to acquire, apply and advance their scientific skills within a dynamic international team. Experience in the fields of experimental and theoretical quantum opto- or electromechanics, nanomechanics, and ultralow-temperature techniques is a plus.

Employment date is March 15, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

[1] Y. Tsaturyan et al., Nature Nanotechnology 8, 776 (2017)

[2] M. Rossi et al., Nature 563, 53 (2018)

[3] D. Mason et al., Nature Physics 15, 745 (2019)


Principal supervisor is Prof. Albert Schliesser, Niels Bohr Institute,

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 5 February  2020, GMT +2. 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


For further information please contact Prof. Albert Schliesser, Niels Bohr Institute,

Further information about the research can be found at


For international applicants please also be aware of the opportunity to apply for the TALENT Doctoral fellowship programme at the Faculty of Science within the area of Quantum Sciences & Technology. Deadline for applications 13 February 2020.


Please find information about requirements here:


Please find information about how to apply here:


Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply for the Phd position announced and the TALENT programme at the same time. Applicants are welcome to contact Prof. Albert Schliesser for questions about the prospects for applying for the TALENT programme.



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Application deadline: 05-02-2020

Employment start: 15-03-2020

Working hours: Full time

Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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