Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Department of Physics

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

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Description of the workplace

The position is placed at the Division of Solid State Physics at the Department of Physics, a division with around 100 employees where extensive research is carried out centered on various aspects of nanophysics, ranging from materials science to bio- and quantum physics to various applications. The division is a central part of NanoLund, Lund University's large interdisciplinary research Centre on nanoscience and nanotechnology. The division includes Lund Nano Lab, a central and shared facility for the production of materials and components at the nanoscale. The Division has a strong commitment to undergraduate education, not least in the Master's programme "Engineering Nanoscience" at LTH.

A significant part of the research at our division is in the area of semiconductor quantum devices, where we develop new methods and functionalities for quantum technology. The department hosts the ERC Consolidator Grant QPHOTON (PI Ville Maisi), which aims at building microwave photocounters as new measurement sensors for quantum technology. Ville Maisi’s research group has long-term experience and expertise in microwave photon – semiconductor nanostructure devices including coherent coupling of electrons and photons and single-electron charge detection.

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Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. 
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You will be included in a team of researchers at NanoLund, a highly visible nanoscience center that offers excellent career development, an open and inclusive research environment with an active community of PhD students and postdocs, and access to a wide range of state-of-the-art capabilities within characterization, nanofabrication and modelling.

Subject description

QPHOTON’s aim is to design, fabricate and demonstrate a photodetector that counts microwave photons at high quantum efficiency and low backaction. This will enable to measure the statistical properties of the microwave photons. The role of this postdoc position is to gain understanding of the quantum mechanical measurement process and backaction effects that take place in our photodetectors.

Work duties

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position includes the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. The purpose of the position is to develop the independence as a researcher and to create the opportunity of further development.

Thus, the project´s research tasks are to

  • Perform experiments in microwave resonator – semiconductor quantum dot circuits that probe simultaneously the photonic and electronic response.
  • Develop understanding of the quantum measurement processes by varying how strongly the photonic and electronic sides are measured.

The work duties may also include cleanroom processing to make the devices, collaboration and supervision of PhD students as well as collaboration with theory groups to establish theoretical understanding of the results. 

Qualification requirements 

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position. The certificate proving the qualification requirement is met, must be received before the employment decision is made. Priority will be given to candidates who have graduated no more than three years ago before the last day for application. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Substantial experience with quantum devices

Assessment criteria 
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills. 

Other qualifications: 

  • Significant experience in experimental transport physics
  • Expertise in low-temperature transport and noise measurements
  • Experience with cleanroom processing of nanodevices
  • Programming skills for electrical measurement scripts and data analysis, for example with Matlab or Python.

Consideration will also be given to how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Further information

This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of 3 years (state the exact period of employment between two and three years). The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”).

How to apply

The application must be written in English and contain a letter in which you briefly describe yourself and your research interests, including contributions to the described research project. The application must also contain a CV, a copy of the doctoral degree certificate and a copy of the thesis or its draft, a list of at least two references with contact details, copies of grades and other documents that you wish to refer to. 

Applicants are also required to answer the job specific questions in the final step of the application process.

Welcome with your application!

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-11-01
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/2856
  • Ville Maisi, Associate senior lecturer, 046-2224363
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 15.Sep.2023
Last application date 03.Oct.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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