PhD fellowship in Majorana fusion rules

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The Center for Quantum Devices and Station Q Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen
15 September, 2016


The Center for Quantum Devices and Station Q Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen
Universitetsparken 5
Copenhagen 2100
55° 42' 30.7188" N, 12° 34' 21.9936" E

The Center for Quantum Devices and Station Q Copenhagen is looking to hire one or more PhD students to work on experimental implementation of majorana fusion rules and braiding of Majorana fermions. Applicants should have a background in Physics with either a Masters degree (for the regular PhD program), one year of Masters-level coursework (for the 4+4 PhD program), or an undergraduate degree in Physics from a US university (for the 3+5 PhD program). Research involves nanofabrication, low-temperature physics using a cryofree dilution refrigerator, rf signal generation and detection, rf electronics in general, programming, data analysis, interaction with theoretical physicists, and aptitude for scientific writing in English.  The Center for Quantum Devices is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. Station Q Copenhagen is funded by Microsoft Research.

The full research program can be found on the QDev homepage here:

Principal supervisor is Charles Marcus, marcus [at] nbi [dot] ku [dot] dk.

Job description
Your 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
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should have a MSc degree in physics, experience in experimental quantum device design, fabrication and measurement, data analysis, and programming 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.

Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme
The position is also available for candidates who are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at the faculty’s master programs in condense matter physics. The duration of the integrated program depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc program. For further information please see:, “Study Structures”.

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 306,667 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,361). 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, stating motivation and background
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcript or other indication of courses and grades (finalists will need official transcript)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications
  • Contact information (name, address, phone & email) of 1-3 references. Do not send letters.
  • Finalists will need to provide documentation of English language proficiency.

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 15 Sept 2016. Applications received later than this date will not be considered. The start date will be 1 November, or after agreement with the candidate.

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 specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD programs at SCIENCE is available at




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