PhD scholarship on Multi-Qubit Quantum Photonic Devices [May 2019]

Are you a talented and ambitious researcher? Are you excited about quantum science and technology? Do you enjoy finding working solutions to great challenges? You are then welcome to apply for an open PhD position on "Multi-Qubit Quantum Photonic Devices" in our group at DTU Fotonik.

Our research aims at exploring quantum information science at the nanoscale and developing novel quantum photonic devices. Such quantum devices are central for quantum information networks, quantum computation, and quantum cryptography systems, and lie at the basis of a forthcoming Quantum Internet. We focus on quantum control and manipulation of novel nanostructures at the single-photon and single-electron level, using nanowires, quantum dots, and hybrid semiconductor-atomic systems.

This PhD project is focused on experimental investigation and realization of advanced quantum photonic devices, based on crystal-phase structures in nanowires. This is a recently developed technology uniquely allowing for the fabrication of quantum devices with an ultimate precision of a single atomic layer. We are at the very forefront of international research in this area and the topic is new, creating ample opportunities for the PhD student to significantly push the state-of-the-art and define new standards in the field.

Our group works in a new state-of-the-art quantum nanophotonics lab and in the national center for nano- and micro-fabrication. We work in tight collaboration with a team of quantum nanophotonics theorists and a team of nanofabrication experts. We have established an effective in-house collaboration that covers all aspects of our research: theory and modeling, sample growth and fabrication, experiments and demonstrations. We have created a dynamic research environment of young and senior scientists aimed at excellent science. We are part of Quantum DTU ( — the Center for Quantum Technologies at DTU.

Read more about the research in our group here (

Responsibilities and tasks
You will find working solutions to major research challenges in an ambitious field of quantum technologies. In particular, you will be:

● Building advanced optical setups for cutting-edge experiments in quantum photonic technologies,
● Realizing first multi-qubit photonic devices for quantum information networks,
● Exploring new routes that bring Quantum Internet a step closer.

As part of the Danish PhD program, you will follow a number of PhD courses as well as take part in teaching and supervision of students. Furthermore, there will be the opportunity to carry out a longer external research stay. We have close collaborations with numerous internationally leading universities and research organizations.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in physics or electrical engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide (

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Nika Akopian.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation, and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The workplace will be at DTU Fotonik, Department of Photonics Engineering, at the Kgs. Lyngby Campus.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here (

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Nika Akopian:,

You can read more about DTU Fotonik at

Please submit your online application no later than 15 May 2019 (local time). Apply at

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

● A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
● Curriculum vitae
● Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
● Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here (

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Fotonik has 210 employees with competences in optics and is one of the largest centers in the world based solely on research in photonics. Research is performed within optical sensors, lasers, LEDs, photovoltaics, ultra-high speed optical transmission systems, biophotonics, nanophotonics, and quantum photonics.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation, and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.