PhD Silicon-Germanium Materials for Quantum Computing

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TU Delft QuTech
1 October, 2017


TU Delft
Lorentzweg 1
Delft 2611
Phone: +31646659634
52° 0' 21.3624" N, 4° 21' 37.998" E

QuTech is an advanced research center for quantum computing and quantum internet, a collaboration founded by TU Delft and TNO. QuTech addresses scientific challenges as well as engineering issues in a joint center of know-how with industrial partners. Within the Scappucci Lab at QuTech, we design, realise, and study electron and hole systems in strained silicon/germanium quantum wells and explore the capabilities of these materials for quantum computation. We are part of the Fault Tolerant Quantum Computing scientific roadmamp at QuTech focusing on spin qubits.

Job description

Quantum computation is the man on the moon goal of the current second quantum revolution. How will we get there? Join us in our mission to turn everyday silicon into the quantum computing wonder material! To make this dream come true, we have partnered with the leading semiconductor industry towards high volume manufacturing of Si qubits. The aim of this PhD is to tackle key material challenges relevant for qubit operation, such as understanding and engineering valley splitting in Si quantum wells. This is crucial for obtaining high-fidelity qubits for higher temperature operation. Specifically you will design Si quantum wells, fabricate devices, and measure their electrical properties at low temperature and high magnetic field.


A master's degree is required to enrol in a PhD programme at the TU Delft and to apply for these positions. Candidates with interest/experience in experimental techniques such as crystal growth, micro/nanofabrication, or cryogenic measurements are strongly encouraged to apply or enquire (g [dot] scappucci [at] tudelft [dot] nl). Applications should contain a single .zip file ( with the following documents (all as PDFs): CV (3 page max), motivation letter (1 page), a list of potential references.    

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Giordano Scappucci, phone: +31 (0)15-2785609, e-mail: g [dot] scappucci [at] tudelft [dot] nl. Applications should contain a single .zip file ( with the following documents (all as PDFs): CV (3 page max), motivation letter (1 page), a list of potential references. Please e-mail your application by 1 October 2017 to Giordano Scappucci, g [dot] scappucci [at] tudelft [dot] nl and refer to vacancy number TNWQuT17-040.

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