PhD position in Spin-photon interfaces at the Quantum Photonics group at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

The Quantum Photonics group at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen is seeking a PhD fellow in the field of Spin-photon interfaces.

The Ph.D. position is funded by the H2020 MSCA Innovative Training Network (ITN): Quantum Dots for Photonic Quantum Information Technologies (QUDOT-TECH),  QUDOT-TECH gathers leading European groups in quantum photonics, and aims at developing new on-chip devices for quantum information technologies. Overall, the project builds on the excellent optical properties of semiconductor quantum dots and on the maturity of semiconductor processing technology.

The PhD project

The project concerns spin physics of self-assembled quantum dots embedded in tailored photonic-crystal waveguides. Coherent control of a single electron or hole spin will be implemented by proper polarization-controlled excitation of the quantum dot in the nanostructure. A goal is to demonstrate high-fidelity entanglement between the spin and an emitted photon. In a follow-up experiment the photonic quantum state will be mapped to the spin state mediated by the efficient coherent interaction in the waveguide. The experiment will be backed up by theory of photonic quantum gates. The project will be in close collaboration with international experts on growth of high-quality quantum dots and spin physics.

The Scientific Environment

The position will be embedded in the Quantum Photonics Group within the newly established Center of Excellence “Hybrid Quantum Networks Hy-Q.” We carry out fundamental and applied research on solid-state quantum-information processing with solid-state quantum emitters embedded in photonic nanostructures. The quest of the current research programme is to scale the basic quantum functionalities to obtain large and complex quantum networks.

Employment date is 1 March 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

The PhD positions are 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 engineering with good results and 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 salary will be financed by the MSCA ITN project and comprises a living allowance of € 52,974 and a mobility allowance of € 7,200. An additional family allowance of € 6,000 may be payable but is dependent on individual family circumstances.

Danish law shall govern the terms of employment and salary. The salary will be re-calculated into Danish employment conditions and will be consistent with the ITN grant.

The positions are 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.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. Applicants are most welcome to apply for all three positions however please indicate clearly in the application/cover letter for which position(s) the application is aiming for.

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 22 December 2019, 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 regarding the position please contact Prof. Peter Lodahl at, phone: +45 35325303.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at




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Ansøgningsfrist: 22-12-2019
Ansættelsesdato: 01-03-2020
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Niels Bohr Institutet

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