Postdoc in Quantum Sensing Technology

Monday 14 Nov 22

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Do you want to drive an experimental project in the highly topical field of quantum-enhanced Raman spectroscopy? Do you wish to use state-of-the-art squeezed light sources in close collaboration with five research institutions and companies? Then we have a great opportunity for you!

The groups of Prof. Maria Chekhova at Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light (Erlangen, Germany) and Prof. Ulrik Andersen at the Technical University of Denmark (Lyngby, Denmark) seek an excellent, ambitious, and proactive experimentalist for a 2-year postdoc position to drive an experimental project of quantum-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. The position is funded for 2 years, the first year to be spent in Germany and the second year in Denmark.

Our motivation is to investigate biological systems in a new regime enabled by quantum technology – thereby being able to observe new biological phenomena that are invisible by conventional Raman spectroscopy. The first part of the project will be devoted to the development of a rugged and mobile non-classical source of squeezed light while in the second part, the source will be implemented in a state-of-the-art Raman microscope which will then be used for the imaging of biological samples beyond the conventional limits. We offer high flexibility in the postdoctoral position; own interesting ideas within the broader field of quantum information using a squeezed light source may be pursued.  

Responsibilities and qualifications
You should have strong (and documented) experience in experimental optics and knowledge in quantum and nonlinear optics. In particular, expertise in some of the following areas is expected:

  • design and construction of quantum optical setups
  • generation of non-classical light
  • homodyne tomography,
  • electronics development,
  • theory modeling and numerical simulations,
  • Python programming.

Moreover, you should be highly motivated and dedicated to performing research at the highest standards and you should be willing to work in larger teams.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 2 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Ulrik Andersen, or Prof. Maria Chekhova, 

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 4 December 2022 (Danish Time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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