Assistant professor position within qubit control and readout sciences at NQCP

Novo Nordisk Foundation Quantum Computing Programme (NQCP) is establishing a talented and diverse international team to create a cutting-edge quantum programme in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark. At the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, where the formulation of Quantum Mechanics was born 100 years ago, we aim to establish an international quantum computing The programme, generously funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, that will drive research and innovations at multiple levels - from developing scalable quantum processor technologies to solutions for the quantum-classical control and readout interface, and all the way to quantum algorithms and applications.  The long-term mission of the programme is to develop fault-tolerant quantum computing hardware and quantum algorithms that solve life-science-relevant chemical and biological problems.

NQCP is looking for an Assistant Professor in qubit control & readout sciences within the NQCP programme, with an overarching goal to explore and develop novel solutions towards efficient error corrected Quantum Processor units (QPUs). In close collaboration with the academic and engineering teams at NQCP, as well as with industry and academic partners, a goal is to establish a group that integrate with the programme’s mission to develop next generation qubit and multi-qubit benchmarking schemes towards error correction protocols. The successful candidate will develop an in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities of what the different QPU technologies offer, including semiconductor, superconductor, and photonic components.

Candidates with strong hands-on experience with cryogenic I/O, control electronics & software development is preferred.

The assistant professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations regarding publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. The ability to attract external funding will be considered together with outreach qualifications. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more at

Further information on the Department and NQCP

The position is open from 1 November 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

Specific qualifications preferred
The successful candidate could have some of the following qualifications:   

  • PhD in physics, engineering, data science or related
  • >3 years’ experience with control and readout of qubits
  • Good understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with various quantum computing platforms

Why us?
Joining NQCP now, you will be involved from the very beginning and contribute to the fulfilment of the mission of NQCP. We want to make Denmark a world leader in quantum research, and we hope to attract people from all over the world.

Life in Denmark is supported with strong social services (free universal healthcare, free/subsidised language courses, paid parental leave, subsidised day care institutions and excellent public schools). Our work culture is very egalitarian and prioritises work life balance. Dual career families are the norm, and workplaces offer flexibility to support everyone in having both an exciting career and good family time. Danish cities are known for having excellent infrastructure, for example through widespread bike path networks. We can also offer a thriving food-scene, excellent museums, and beautiful natural scenery.

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 Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The position is limited in 4 years from start date.

Appointment will be subject to receipt of a security clearance.

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

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications - please describe and document:
  • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students
  • Teaching experience
  • Formal pedagogical training
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is Monday 19 August 2024, 23:59 GMT +2

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0443/24-2A.

Further information
For further information please contact Kasper Grove Rasmussen, or Peter Krogstrup Jeppesen,




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Ansøgningsfrist: 19-08-2024
Ansættelsesdato: 01-11-2024
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Niels Bohr institutet

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