PhD Position in Quantum Biology

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University of Geneva - Quantum Technologies Group
16 June, 2017


University of Geneva - Quantum Technologies Group
Chemin de Pinchat 22
Geneva 1211
46° 12' 0.1152" N, 6° 9' 49.9644" E

The Department of Applied Physics at the University of Geneva in Switzerland is one of the premier research institutions in the field of Quantum Information Science and Technology. The Quantum Technologies group, led by Prof. Hugo Zbinden and Dr Rob Thew, is inviting motivated people to apply for an open PhD as part of a new multidisciplinary project on Quantum Vision.

The project’s focus is on understanding quantum effects in biological systems. The successful candidate will develop and exploit entangled photon pair sources and single photon detection techniques for the study of biological systems and dynamics with the goal of understanding quantum effects in biological systems, especially the vision process. The project features the participation of five research groups all based at the University of Geneva (Quantum Technologies, Biophysics, Biology, Medicine and Biochemistry). More information on the project can be found at

The PhD candidates must have a completed Masters degree in physics or related disciplines with excellent grades, be highly motivated, and enjoy working in an international team.

We offer a highly attractive research environment and salaries according to Swiss standards. Candidates should send an e-mail with a CV and motivation letter to either hugo [dot] zbinden [at] unige [dot] ch (Hugo Zbinden) or robert [dot] thew [at] unige [dot] ch (Rob Thew). Please also include 2-3 people who may be contacted to provide recommendation letters.

The Quantum Technologies group is part of the Department of Physics Department at the University of Geneva, which enjoys a high reputation internationally and is excellently equipped for performing world-class research. We have active collaborations with the international research community, and locally are home to a network of research groups also working on quantum memories and repeaters, macroscopic quantum systems, non-locality and entanglement, quantum thermodynamics, quantum optics theory, and biophotonics. 

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