Doctoral student position for Quantum simulations with superconducting circuits

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Doctoral student position for Quantum simulations with superconducting circuits: four-year Emerging theme position in Faculty of Science, University of Oulu

Job description
The Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit (NANOMO) at the University of Oulu, Finland, is offering a four-year full-time position for a doctoral student. We are looking for a talented research-oriented person interested in theoretical and computational research on quantum simulations in the context of superconducting circuits. The research profile of the successful candidate should complement the focus of the theoretical physics group at the NANOMO unit. The research focus of the present doctoral student will be in the focal point of condensed matter physics, open quantum systems and quantum devices, especially in localization, dissipation and dynamical phase transition phenomena.

University of Oulu has allocated four-year doctoral training positions to emerging research themes in association with the four focus institutes Biocenter Oulu, Eudaimonia, Infotech and Kvantum. This new programme will facilitate linking of the best practices and best science to a larger part of the university’s research and aims to support starting group leaders to develop internationally top-level research. The present position, funded by Kvantum Institute, is in the research project of “Localization and dissipation in superconducting quantum simulations” led by PhD Matti Silveri.

The doctoral student will carry out research work within a research team, publish research results in leading international scientific journals, attend doctoral courses and complete their doctoral thesis within four years. Other duties include teaching on undergraduate courses (5 % of the total 1,624 working hours per year) and supervising undergraduate theses. In addition, the doctoral student may be obligated to participate in administrative tasks of the research unit.

Required qualifications

The position is to be filled by a highly motivated student. Successful candidate must have completed Master of Science degree in physics or a closely related field with very good/excellent grades latest by 1.1.2019. In addition, we appreciate

(i)   strong fundamental knowledge in condensed matter physics, open quantum systems, or quantum devices,

(ii)  experience in programming, for example with C++, Python, Fortran, or other,

(iii) capability to write scientific publications,

(iv) readiness for working closely with experimentalists and other theorists,

(v) readiness for traveling and making research visits abroad,

(vi) skills in team working and communication.

The position requires spoken and written fluency in English.

The selected candidate will carry out doctoral studies in the Technology and Natural Sciences Doctoral Programme of the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) and must meet the minimal requirements to receive doctoral study rights as defined in:

Salary and benefits
The salary of the doctoral student will be set at levels 2 – 4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, based on personal work performance, up to 46.3 % of the job demands level can be paid. In practice, the starting salary of a new doctoral student is approximately 2,300 € per month and, depending on personal achievement and performance, it will progressively increase along with the progress of the student. In addition to the salary, the employed person will be insured by the university and provided occupational healthcare. Finland is known as a country with a high quality of life and good healthcare system.

Send your application using the electronic application form by October 15, 2018. The following documents must be attached to the application as three separate pdf files (to be submitted in English):

  1. Motivation letter (max. 2 pages), where the following information is clearly provided:
    • Research interests and expertise areas
    • Motivation for doctoral studies and research
    • Computer skills and language skills
    • Contact details of one to three persons available for recommendation
  2. Curriculum vitae containing a list of publications (if any). A recommended curriculum vitae template can be found on the web page of Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (
  3. Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of your original Master's degree certificate and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English, compiled into a single pdf document.

Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Other relevant information
The eligible applicants with best fit for the research profile expected in the position will be invited to an on-site or remote interview. A trial period is applied for the first six months, according to the regular practice at Finnish universities. The expected starting time for the work is January 1, 2019.


PhDMatti Silveri
Academy of Finland Research Fellow
Principal investigator of the project on the localization and dissipation in superconducting circuits tel. +358 40 754 1759, email: matti.silveri(at)

Professor Marko Huttula
Head of NANOMO Research Unit
tel. +358 29 448 1324, email: marko.huttula(at)

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