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Reference number: 2021D-043


The theory group at the Institute for Quantum Information of the Jülich-Aachen Reasearch Alliance (JARA) is looking for highly motivated candidates to fill a fully-funded PhD position over the next few months. The doctoral degree will be awarded by RWTH University in Aachen and the research is conducted at Forschungszentrum Jülich.
Supercomputing quantum information processing devices are real possibilities for realizing quantum computers. Quantum computer processors are extremely powerful and logically-different form of computation. Realizing them requires special theoretical and experimental resources, both of which are currently being developed at Peter Grünberg Institute Theoretical Nanoelectronics (PGI-2). Making such a processor in the lab requires perfecting quantum bits and gates to above fault tolerance threshold, which is one of the main research goals in the group of Dr. Ansari. These quantum bits and gates should be manufactured in large scales (i.e. millions) to reveal quantum advantage. This sets a roadmap for developments in the field and needs active modification of quantum models for such processors. We focus on fundamental studies in diverse theoretical areasin the field of quantum technology, such as: theory of quantum error correction codes, circuit and cavity QED, quantum machine learning and computational complexity, etc. Further information on our research can be found here:

We are looking to recruit a

PhD Position in Superconducting Quantum Information Processing

Your Job:

  • Your doctoral project will focus on theoretical studies of physical implementations of quantum information processing, such as superconducting qubits, and related enabling quantum technologies.
  • You will study, develope, and conduct research on simulating quantum devices using modern theoretical techniques such as circuit QED.
  • The project will connect you to active theoretical and experimental collaboration with leading international groups.

Your Profile:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in theoretical condensed matter physics or a related field
  • Proficiency in English
  • Advantageous, yet not mandatory, are experiences in quantum transport, superconducting qubits, and related topics

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • Comprehensive training courses and individual opportunities for personal and professional research development in the theoretical physics of solid state quantum computing
  • Extensive company health management
  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family-friendly corporate policy
  • Flexible working hours and 30 days of annual leave
  • A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
  • A structured doctoral degree programme for you and your supervisors with a comprehensive further training and networking package on our doctoral researchers’ platform JuDocs
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

The position is initially for a fixed term of 3 years, with possible long-term prospects. Pay in line with 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60 % of a monthly salary as special payment („Christmas bonus“). Further information on doctoral degrees at Forschungszentrum Jülich including our other locations is available at:
Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.
We welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

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