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PhD positions in Experimental and Theoretical Quantum Science

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Physics and Astronomy programme. The position is available from 1 November 2020 or later.

Title:
PhD positions in Experimental and Theoretical Quantum Science

Research area and project description:
The Center for Complex Quantum Systems at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, invites applications for several PhD positions with exciting opportunities to join new collaborative research projects in theoretical and experimental quantum physics.

The newly founded Center for Complex Quantum Systems offers a vivid research environment at the exciting interface of quantum optics, quantum information science and many-body physics. Our research focusses on new hybrid quantum systems composed of interacting atoms, ions and photons, and seeks to deepen our understanding of collective quantum phenomena, and to facilitate the development of future applications by developing new techniques to control the dynamics of such quantum systems. Close links to other major research activities, like the ‘Semper Ardens’ research project QCooL, and the European research networks SQUARE, C’MonQSens, and ErBeStA provide further opportunities to contribute to collaborative research efforts on quantum nonlinear optics, quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum sensing. Specific research topics for the open positions include

  • Quantum control of many-body systems subject to continuous probing, measurements and feedback,
  • Quantum sensing and quantum information protocols based on continuous measurements,
  • Light-matter interactions in atomic and solid-state systems and collective phenomena,
  • Theory and implementations of quantum simulations,
  • Mobile impurities and quasiparticles in hybrid quantum systems,
  • New quantum phases of matter, strong correlations and topological order,
  • Quantum dynamics in hybrid systems of ultracold ions and neutral atoms,
  • Collective coupling and quantum-state control of trapped ions in optical cavities,
  • Correlations and quantum effects in Bose Einstein condensates,
  • Optical control of quantum impurities and interacting polaritons in synthetic quantum systems.

Many of these questions will be addressed in both theory and experiment, and the successful candidate will get the opportunity to support and stimulate close collaborations between the experimental and theoretical groups within the CCQ. For more information on specific research directions, please contact the participating PIs:

Qualifications and specific competences:
Applicants for PhD positions should hold a Master’s degree in physics. We are looking for talented and highly motivated applicants with a keen interest in experimental and theoretical AMO physics, quantum information science and technology, quantum optics or statistical and many-body physics.

The successful applicants should demonstrate both collaborative skills and an ability for independent original research. The CCQ is aware of the under representation of minorities in physics, and will be happy to welcome and set up the means to mentor a diverse group of researchers who pursue early stage research with us.

Place of employment and place of work:
The place of work is Ny Munkegade 120, DK-8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. Please see https://phys.au.dk/en/ for further information about the hosting Department for Physics and Astronomy.

Contacts:
Applicants seeking further information about the positions are encouraged to contact:

 

Application procedures

Before you apply

Information and attachments:

Please be aware that you must have all relevant appendices, attachments, addresses for referees, etc. ready when you apply, as the entire application must be uploaded to the system in one go.

Documentation of language skills:

The English language requirement at the graduate school is comparable to an “English B level” in the Danish upper secondary school (“gymnasium”).

English language qualifications comparable to an “English B level” are documented by one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL test (internet-based), minimum score: 83. The graduate school does not accept the paper-based test, nor the TOEFL ITP test. Remember to ask the test center to send your test results to Aarhus University in order to enable verification of your test results. Aarhus University’s TOEFL code is 8935.
    Currently, the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test (available in selected areas) will also be accepted.
  • IELTS (academic) test, minimum average score: 6.5 points/C1 level
    Please note, from 1 June 2020 the Graduate School of Science and Technology has split in two following the split of the faculty. For the two new schools, Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Graduate School of Technical Sciences, the minimum average score requirement for an IELTS test is 6.5 points equivalent of a C1 level. B2 level is no longer accepted.
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment:
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)
    Cambridge English: Certificate of Advanced English with grade A,B or C (CAE)
    Cambridge English: First Certificate with grade A (FCE)

When to take the test and how to upload the documentation:
The test result must not be more than two years old at the time of application.

The English language test should be taken before applying for admission and uploaded under “language skills documentation” in the online application form.

It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken the test. In this case documentation stating that you have signed up for a test (please state expected submission date) must be uploaded. If the test result is not part of the original application the test result is to be sent to gsns@psys.au.dk no later than one month after the application deadline.

The following applicants are exempted from documenting their English qualifications/taking a test:

  • Applicants with citizenship from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, or one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden).
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section ”Language skills documentation”.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed at a Danish university for which the requirement was English B level at the time of admission. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section ”Language skills documentation”.

The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

How to apply:

1)      Find the application form:
Go to https://phd.nat.au.dk/for-applicants/apply-here/ - Note, the online application system opens on 1 June 2020.
Choose August 2020 Call with deadline 1 August 2020 at noon (11.59 AM CEST).
You will be directed to the call, and must choose the programme “Physics and Astronomy”.

2)      Fill in the following information:

  • Personal information
  • Academic background
  • Admission
  • Financing (if any)
  • Study: In the dropdown menu you must choose the project: “PhD positions in Experimental and Theoretical Quantum Science”
  • Source (how you found out about the call)

Next to some of the information fields you will find a number. Click on the number to get further directions on how to fill in the information field/what information is needed.

3)      Application attachments:
Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded.

If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF file and upload this. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Instead you can indicate a URL where the information is available.

All information in the application must be in English or Danish, preferably English. A certified English translation is required for documents written in languages other than English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) languages.

As a minimum all applications must include (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, no zip):

  • One reference (template for references)
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Motivation (max. 1 page)
  • Transcripts, grade point averages (weighted and unweighted), and diploma(s) for both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. If the original documents are not in English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) then copies of the original documents as well as a certified English translation must be attached.
  • Project description (½-4 pages). This document should describe your ideas and research plans for this specific project. For more information on specific research directions, please contact the participating PIs. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like.
  • Documentation of language skills if required.

After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID, you should use for reference if needed.

The graduate school reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational diploma and transcripts:

  • Request additional information to verify an application.
  • Reject the application if it is proven, or if the University has reasonable belief, that the information provided is false or if the applicant refuses to provide the requested information, whether or not an offer has already been made. 
  • For further information on applying, assessment procedures, etc. please see the GSNS Application Guide.

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

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