Doctoral Candidates in Quantum Technology and Science

Aalto University


July 20, 2022


Owing to the generosity of Nokia Corporation, Aalto is now looking for:

Doctoral Candidates in Quantum Technology and Science

Are you looking for an environment where you can obtain doctoral training and build a strong network for a career in quantum technology? Aalto coordinates the InstituteQ (https: //, bringing together the strongest national players in quantum technology in Finland. The expertise and international networks of 40+ research groups, technology developers and industrial collaborators, and the state-of-the-art facilities unfolds as a vibrant research environment at the heart of the largest innovation hub in the Nordic region. We collaborate with best partners around the world, aiming to raise the readiness of current and coming generations for the era of quantum technology.

Job description

Full-time funded doctoral-candidate positions are open for applications in the Nokia Industrial Doctoral School in Quantum Technology (Nokia Industrial Doctoral School in Quantum Technology Aalto University), the seed funding for which was earlier received from Nokia. It is preferred that the supervising professor is at Aalto University and a thesis advisor at Nokia Bell Labs or the Nokia Corporation. See the list of contact persons at Nokia Industrial Doctoral School in Quantum Technology Aalto University for potential supervisors and advisors. The applicants are encouraged to include secondments at Nokia, planned with the potential supervisor and advisor. Positions are available for both experimental and theoretical research in quantum technology. In this call, we expect all research topics to fall under the overall theme of solving problems in building or applying useful quantum computers especially based on superconducting qubits. Under this overall theme, we have also pinpointed the following focus areas:

  • New quantum devices including topological qubits

  • Materials and fabrication techniques

  • Scalable software and practical quantum algorithms

  • Quantum security including benchmarking, crypto, and communication

  • Open quantum systems

  • Advanced sensors

  • The applicants may choose one or several topics of interest from the list above. They are encouraged to contact Aalto and Nokia to learn more about the topics and to write a research proposal. See list of contact persons on the website of the doctoral school. The candidates should also answer how their project answers to the challenge in the overall theme. Applicants are requested to indicate whether they are interested to join the program even on a currently non-funded position, still eligible for events and travel, and possibly short-term funding. Nokia employees may also apply to the program, in the case of which it is recommended to have secondments at Aalto.


    A Master's degree in condensed-matter or quantum physics or other topic of relevance is expected from the candidates. Alternatively, a certificate showing that the applicant will obtain the Master's degree before the start of the contract has to be presented. Good command of English and ability to disseminate scientific results is a mandatory requirement for the positions. Previous research experience related to any of the above-described topics is highly appreciated. All applicants must have motivation to conduct research at the highest international level. Appointed candidates aim at completing the doctoral degree within the target time (4 years for full-time students).

    Salary and work location

    The contracts will be made initially for two years. After an approved mid-term review, the employment will be extended for another two years. Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The salary level for starting doctoral candidates is approximately EUR 2600/month.

    The annual total workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1612 hours. The position will be located at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus.

    How to apply

    To apply for the position, please submit your application including the attachments mentioned below as one single PDF document in English through our online recruitment system by using the "Apply" link on Aalto University's web page.

  • Research proposal (max. one page)

  • CV

  • Bsc and MSc certificates or equivalent

  • Two letters of recommendation (or contact details of two possible referees)

  • Please, send your application as a single PDF file at your earliest convenience by 31st of July 2022 through the recruitment system. Evaluation of the applications will start immediately.

    Please note: Aalto University's employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> find jobs (not external webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account.

    Need more information?

    For recruitment-process-related questions, you can contact HR Coordinator Lotta Maltolahti, e-mail:

    For finding thesis advisors and for questions on the content of the research proposal, feel free to contact the persons given on the website of the doctoral school for specific focus topics. Note that the eligible advisors and supervisors are not limited to this list, and especially on the Aalto side, one is encouraged to explore the various research groups, for example, at the Departments of Applied Physics, Electronics and Nanoengineering, Computer Science, and Communications and Networking, and the Centre of Excellence in Quantum Technology (QTF)

    Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider also candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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