PhD Fellowship in Experimental Aspects of Non-Abelian Condensed Matter Physics

University of Copenhagen The Niels Bohr Institute

PhD Fellowship in Experimental Aspects of Non-Abelian Condensed Matter Physics

We seek outstanding candidates for two PhD positions to work on condensed matter experiments at the Center for Quantum Devices, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen.

The project is sponsored through an ERC Synergy grant and focuses on experiments to test the non-local and non-abelian nature of Majorana bound states in hybrid super/semiconductors.

Further information can be found here for the Center for Quantum Devices:

Applicants should hold a master’s degree or a US undergraduate degree in Physics or Applied Physics with relevant experimental experience, ideally including published research.

The project involves nanofabrication, low-temperature physics using a cryofree dilution refrigerator, low-noise and high-frequency electrical measurement techniques, data analysis, interaction with theoretical physicists, and scientific writing in English.  

The position is open from 1 April 2021 or by arrangement.

Inquiries about the positions can be made to Associate Professor Ferdinand Kuemmeth ( and Professor Charles Marcus (

Job description

The key tasks of this 3-year PhD position are:

  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Perform tasks for the department
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research

Formal requirements

Applicants should hold a MSc degree in Physics or Applied Physics with good results and good English skills.

Assessment of your qualifications will emphasize previous research, work experience and publications (if any).

For the integrated MSc and PhD Scheme
For applicants from the US or other places that do not have a master’s degree equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree are encouraged to apply if they are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in Physics or Quantum Physics.

For further information about this study programme, please see more information here:

Description of the scientific environment

The Center for Quantum Devices is a research center supported by the Danish National Research Foundation, comprising materials research, experimental solid-state physics, quantum nanoelectronics, and condensed matter theory.

The Center provides a vibrant scientific environment with cutting-edge research performed across many different groups in fundamental condensed matter, with close ties to a strong theory department as well as longstanding collaborations with industry.

Further information about QDev can be found at

Terms of employment

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 330k (approx. €44,000) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,000 (approx. €7.100)). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

Please send an application, in English, that describes your background and research interests. The application must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Enclose your CV with a publication list, a short description of your work relevant to the research field (e.g. Master’s thesis). If possible, please list up to three scientists that you have worked with closely in your past research (do not send reference letters).

We do accept applications for students that have not yet finished their studies, as long as they are close to finishing. The start date is flexible.

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

As an equal opportunity employer, the University of Copenhagen invites applications from all interested candidates, regardless of gender, age, religion, or ethnic origin.

You can read about the recruitment process at


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Application deadline: 31-01-2021
Employment start: 01-04-2021
Department/Location: The Niels Bohr Institute