Post-Doctoral and PhD Positions in Quantum Science at University of Basel, Switzerland

As part of a new federal initiative in Quantum Science, we are looking to fill up to 6 post-doc positions and several PhD positions. The participating groups, 7 in Department of Physics and 1 in Department of Chemistry, cover work in cold atoms, cold ions, quantum transport, nano-photonics, nano-electronics, nano-mechanics, spin qubits, quantum theory of condensed matter and quantum information processing. All the groups have full access to the excellent facilities of the university (fully equipped clean room, liquid He liquefier, superb mechanical and electronic workshops). The groups are linked together not just via QC2, but also via the new Switzerland-wide National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) initiative, Quantum Science and Technology. Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Richard J. Warburton; applications can be made by email to the particular group leader.

The Poggio Lab (group leader Professor Martino Poggio) aims to apply the technique of magnetic resonance force microscopy to mesoscopic semiconductor systems such as quantum point contacts and quantum dots. A particular goal within QC2/QSIT is to measure the polarization dynamics of the small ensembles of nuclear spins within these structures. A post-doc position is available. Experimental experience in mesoscopic physics, semiconductor optics, and/or scanning probe microscopy is preferred.

The QC2/QSIT project in the Cold Chemistry Group (group leader Professor Stefan Willitsch) is concerned with the application of ultracold molecular ions in ion traps as new promising systems for quantum technology. Starting with the coherent manipulation of extremely long-lived molecular states, the aim is to develop a full toolbox for the implementation of quantum protocols. Preference for open post-doc and PhD positions will be given to candidates with a background in atomic, molecular or chemical physics and experience with laser technology.

The Condensed Matter Theory Group (group leaders Professor Daniel Loss and Professor Christoph Bruder) is looking for both PhD students and post-docs. The QC2/QSIT project in Christoph Bruder's group will investigate hybrid systems of nanomechanical oscillators, superconducting qubits and ultracold atoms. Post-doc candidates should have a strong background in condensed matter theory and prior experience in at least one of these three areas. Daniel Loss's group has open PhD and post-doc positions in several areas of the quantum theory of condensed matter and quantum information processing.

The Quantum Atom Optics Lab (group leader Professor Philipp Treutlein) investigates the quantum physics of ultracold atoms and their interactions with solid-state micro- and nanostructures. The group has open positions in two ongoing projects. The first experiment investigates multi-particle entangled states of ultracold atoms and their use in quantum metrology and quantum information processing. The second experiment aims at developing quantum interfaces of atomic and solid-state systems. Candidates should have a strong background in experimental quantum optics or solid-state physics.

The Quantum Coherence Lab (group leader Professor Dominik Zumbühl) investigates quantum transport of semiconductor systems at ultralow temperatures and has open positions in projects involving electron spin qubits, non-Abelian states in the fractional quantum Hall effect and mesoscopic transport. See http://zumbuhllab.unibas.ch/pages/positions.htm for more details of open positions.

The Nanoelectronics Group (group leader Professor Christian Schönenberger) has open positions in the areas of experimental quantum spintronics, mesoscopic transport of carbon-based systems (carbon nanotubes and graphene) and semiconductor/superconductor hybrid devices.

The Nano-Photonics Group (group leader Professor Richard J. Warburton) works on the light-matter interaction in the solid-state, notably semiconductor quantum dots. The project within QSIT involves developing a fully tunable micro-cavity as a platform for a spin-photon interface both in III-V semiconductors (quantum dots and nanowires) and in diamond (colour centres). A post-doc position is currently available. A background in experimental physics is essential; expertise in either semiconductor optics or atom optics would be desirable.