Postdoc in Quantum Key Distribution, Copenhage

Aalborg University
December 18, 2022
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Postdoc in Quantum Key Distribution, Copenhagen

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, Campus Copenhagen, a position as postdoc in Quantum Key Distribution is open for appointment from January 1, 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is available for 24 months. In the area of electronics engineering, Aalborg University is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the societal relevance of its research programmes. In electronics engineering, Aalborg University is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the societal relevance of its research programmes. The Department of Electronic Systems consists of more than 200 employees, of which about 40 % are international and about 90 are enrolled PhD students. The Department hosts 620 students. The Department's excellent research infrastructures and facilities accentuate its global position in teaching and research. The Department's research centres around communication, antennas, control systems, AI, sound, cybersecurity and robotics. The Department plays an active role in translating discoveries and results into practical applications with industrial partners and IPR. The Department provides teaching for several BSc and MSc programmes using a problem- and project-based learning model.

Job description

The Danish Quantum Communication Infrastructure (QCI.DK) is a concrete, detailed, and feasible yet highly ambitious project for realising a first deployment of advanced national quantum systems in a versatile network that supports real-life applications of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). In QCI.DK, we will establish a quantum secured metropolitan network between 5 Danish public authorities and 2 associated data centres in the Copenhagen area. In addition, the infrastructure will encompass a 200 km long distance link connecting three participating university partners via the metropolitan network. QCI.DK will combine three different QKD technologies in one network and thereby enable a broad range of tests and applications. To explore applications of QKD, the project devotes large attention to the development of use cases in the public authorities network and analysis of best implementations. This knowledge, together with essential practical experiences from the hardware implementation, will directly spill over into education, training, and outreach activities targeting the formation of a quantum aware workforce with proficiency in QKD and the creation of general quantum awareness in Denmark. Both future and existing workforce will be addressed through a combination of university teaching and up-skilling.

The main activity of the candidate is devoted to research on QKD as well as planning and execution of education and research activities towards the project and between universities.

Who you are The requirements for the position as postdoc researcher are:

  • A PhD degree in Computer Science or Electrical engineering.
  • You are a highly motivated individual who is able to work with limited supervision as well as in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge on Security and Cryptography.
  • A strong publication record in Communication technology and security.
  • Strong teaching background in computer science and cyber security.
  • It is necessary that you have a high proficiency in oral and written English.
  • You may obtain further professional information from Professor Jens Myrup Pedersen, e-mail:

    Qualification requirements:

    Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

    The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.
  • The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

    Shortlisting will be applied. After the review of any objections regarding the assessment committee, the head of department, with assistance from the chair of the assessment committee, selects the candidates to be assessed. All applicants will be informed as to whether they will advance to assessment or not.

    AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

    For further information concerning the application procedure, please contact Sanne Vestergaard Hejlesen by mail or phone (+45) 99403972.

    Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here


    Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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