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: // instituteq.fi), 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
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
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
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
Research proposal (max. one page)
Bsc and MSc certificates or equivalent
Two letters of recommendation (or contact details of two possible
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 aalto.fi
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: email@example.com.
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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