The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is the largest research institution by funding in Germany, and was created in 2009 when the University of Karlsruhe (founded 1825) merged with the Kernforschungszentrum (nuclear research center). The KIT has the status of German Excellence University and ranks close to the top of German Universities focusing on engineering, natural science, and economy. Notable alumni include Heinrich Hertz, who first demonstrated radio waves in KIT’s Physics lecture hall, and Karl Friedrich Benz who build the first automobile. The Campus South of KIT is located directly in Karlsruhe’s city center, ensuring short distances to lunch and shopping options or a relaxing sun bath in the adjacent castle garden.
The Physikalisches Institut (PHI) offers from 1. Oktober 2022 and limited for 1 year, with a possibility of extension up to 3 years
2 Postdoctoral Researchers (m/f/d) in
We are looking for highly motivated scientists to work on experiments with superconducting qubits. These positions will be funded by the European Research Council (ERC) through the Advanced Grant „Millimeter-Wave Superconducting Quantum Circuits” - Milli-Q. The goal is to develop novel superconducting quantum circuits which are operating at frequencies one order of magnitude larger than those demonstrated until now, going up to the 100 GHz frequency range. Due to the increased qubit energy level separation, millimeter-wave quantum processors could be operated at temperatures much higher than their present counterparts, qubit logic gates can be performed faster and circuit components reduced in size thus allowing for a smaller footprint, denser packaging and better integration. These numerous potential advantages face many challenges and pose intriguing physics questions that are aimed to be answered in this project. Once successful, our approach will open a new way to build superconducting quantum computers.
The group led by Prof. Alexey Ustinov is located at the university campus of KIT and has a long successful record of exploring the physics of superconducting circuits, both classical and quantum. We are using superconducting qubits for state-of-the-art experiments, challenge new physics questions and explore opportunities for the next generation of quantum information processing. Our group pioneered frequency domain multiplexing readout of qubits, detection and manipulation of microscopic two-level defects, and experiments with qubit arrays as quantum metamaterials. Our labs are equipped with 6 dilution refrigerators and microwave and mm-wave measurement facilities. We have full access to the in-house cleanroom located next to the lab at Nanostructure Service Laboratory of KIT.
The two offered postdoctoral positions focus on most relevant directions within Milli-Q project, in particular cryogenic measurements at mm-wave frequencies and development of prototype mm-wave qubits and studies of their quantum coherence properties. Our project team will closely cooperate with mm-wave experts and high-frequency electrical engineers, both on and outside the KIT campus.
- A doctoral degree in experimental condensed matter physics or electrical engineering
- Solid publication record in experimental physics and/or in microwave/mm-wave engineering
- Good command of English
- Strong ambition towards excellence in science and technology at the highest international level is expected
- Experience on superconducting circuit design, modeling, and/or fabrication is highly appreciated
KIT wishes to increase the proportion of female professors and therefore welcomes applications by female researchers.
Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.
Karlsruhe is a mid-sized town located at the northern edge of the Black Forest Area in south-west Germany near the border with France. The town is known for its mild climate due to its location in the Rhine valley. As the third-largest city in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, it offers diverse sports and leisure activities, plenty of green space and various cultural institutions. Karlsruhe has won the award “Most Bicycle Friendly City of Germany” so that no car or public transport is usually necessary. The surrounding region is inviting to hikes or bike tours in the Black Forest or the nearby Palatinate and Vosges mountain area in France.
For further information contact Prof. Alexey Ustinov (email@example.com
) or Dr. Hannes Rotzinger (firstname.lastname@example.org
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