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Open Position PhD Position for Quantum Computing Technology Group within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan – Funded by the European Union – Next Generation

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About IFAE

The Institut de Física d’Altes Energies (IFAE) is a public consortium of Generalitat de Catalunya, the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, a public university) whose main goal is to carry out research and to contribute to the development of high energy physics from a theoretical, experimental and technological point of view. IFAE has the status of a “University Institute" attached to UAB and its premises are within the campus of the university.

About the Quantum Computing Technology Group

The Quantum Computing Technology group develops superconducting circuits for applications mainly in quantum computation as well as quantum sensing. By employing Josephson-junction technology, the group engineers superconducting qubits for the implementation of quantum computing algorithms. Part of the research is focused on improving the qubit quality by mitigation of environmental noise sources, while at the same time the circuits are used to investigate fundamental physics of quantum optics and high energy physics phenomena.

Required skills

Candidate are expected to have:

  • A master’s degree in physics on the date of the contract start.
  • Fluent English skills.
  • Experience in the following areas: superconducting qubits, quantum computation, superconductivity.
  • Familiarity with microwave instrumentation and handling dilution refrigerators.
  • Competences: skilled in python programming, latex typesetting.

What will be your role?

The candidate will be involved in the design, fabrication, and characterization of superconducting qubit prototypes with applications in quantum computing. The main tasks will be the measurement and validation of the superconducting device quality and functionality. A report at the end of the project will be written that could become a publication in a scientific journal.

Offered contract:

A full time (40 hr/week) PhD position. The contract will have a duration of approximately 12 months. Opportunity to gain experience learning first-hand. Personal growth, innovation, and learning every day. The salary will be in accordance with the qualifications of the candidate. The starting date will be October 1st, 2023.

Application and Selection process:

Applications should be submitted to stating the job reference (IFAE2023/18_QCT) as the Subject of the message. The mail should include a cover letter and an updated CV. Sending CVs to the above address implies consent to the legal warning at the bottom of IFAE’s Home Page.

IFAE is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace and social integration of people with a disability. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates. People from groups that are typically underrepresented in the labour market in general and in Science and Engineering in particular, such as women, minorities, or people with a disability, are particularly encouraged to apply.

You may contact for any questions related to this job opening. Deadline: 24/09/2023

A Selection Committee will evaluate the received applications. If more than one candidate seems equally suitable for the position, the Selection Committee will arrange an on-line interview with each one of them as part of the Selection process.

Funding Statement

This contract is part of the project Nanofabrication-Enhanced Superconducting Qubit Quality (NESQQ), of the area of Quantum Communications within the frame of the R&D&I Complementary Plans of the Spanish Government that are part component 17 of the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism. This contract is funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU (MICINN/PRTR funds) and by Generalitat de Catalunya.