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Postdoc Opening in Quantum Materials and Devices

Deadline 31 Jul 23:59 CEST

Expected start 1 Oct

  • Physics and Astronomy, Dept. of Ny Munkegade 120 8000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Oct 2022 - 30 Sep 2024 ID: 9303

A two-year experimental postdoc position is open in the newly established Laboratory of Quantum Materials and Quantum Measurements and Villum Center for Hybrid Quantum Materials and Devices led by Villum Investigator Prof. Yong P. Chen at Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Expected start date and duration of employment

This is a 2–year position from 01/10/22.

This is a fixed-term position to end on 30/09/24.

Job description

General research interests of the new lab and Center include:

1) Fabrication and studies of 2D, topological and hybrid quantum materials, structures and devices with novel electronic and/or optical properties;
2) Advanced quantum transport, optical, and/or scanning probe measurements (esp. at low temperatures and/or high magnetic fields) of materials and devices with potential relevance in quantum information (e.g. computing or sensing) applications;
3) Quantum sensing of quantum materials using qubit probes (e.g. Josephson junctions, NV centers).

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in experimental condensed matter physics, nanoscience or quantum science.

We are particularly interested in candidates with strong experimental research background in one of the following areas:

1) Nano/quantum device fabrication and transport measurements, experience with solid state qubits would be particularly interesting;
2) Scanning probe microscopy;
3) Quantum optics and quantum sensing measurements

Who we are

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a department on Natural Sciences. The main objectives of the Department are to carry out research at the highest international level, to offer research based teaching at Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD levels, and to exchange knowledge with other areas of society, e.g. by offering our expertise to the business world.

The Department is an attractive workplace for researchers, teachers, technicians, laboratory technicians and administrators and has a good study environment with many talented and active students at all levels. The research at the Department of Physics and Astronomy is of high quality, attracts significant international attention – in several fields the Department is within the world elite – and is characterized by many international collaborations with other high-ranking universities and research institutions around the world.

The newly established Laboratory of Quantum Materials and Quantum Measurements and Villum Center for Hybrid Quantum Materials and Devices led by Villum Investigator Prof. Yong P. Chen (https://pure.au.dk/portal/da/persons/yong-chen(dbfdb176-599c-4897-989f-91f1a240f495).html) is also part of and works closely with Aarhus' iNANO (https://inano.au.dk/) and Villum Center for Dirac Materials (https://villumcdm.org/), as well as Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute (https://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/quantum/ in the USA) and WPI-AIMR International Center for Materials Research (https://www.wpi-aimr.tohoku.ac.jp/ in Japan), and enjoys access to extensive facilities and collaboration network worldwide.  Successful candidates will be employed/hosted by Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Denmark, but may also spend a portion of time (depending on the project and interests) as visiting researchers in Purdue (USA) or AIMR (Japan).

Please submit: CV with publications, names and contact information of at least 2 references, a brief (~1 page) statement of research interests and plan (in relation to the research directions of our lab and your past research experiences). 

What we offer

The successful candidate is offered:
  • access to a wide range of state of art research facilities
  • a research climate inviting lively, open and critical discussion within and across different subfields of research
  • a working environment with teamwork, collegial working relations, network activities among scientists and social activities
  • a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance
professional mentoring and career development and networking opportunities.

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 120, 8000 Aarhus C (some projects may involve overseas work in USA or Japan as noted above), and the area of employment is  the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Contact information

For further information, please contact: Processor, Yong Chen, +45 50184112, yongchen@phys.au.dk.


Applications must be received no later than 31/07/2022.


Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Questions about the position?

Yong Chen

Yong Chen Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy +4550184112 yongchen@phys.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - Nat-Tech HR +4593522295 nat-tech.HR.team1@au.dk


Deadline: Sunday 31 Jul 2022 at 23:59 CEST