Researcher, Superconducting Quantum Circuits

We are looking for an ambitious and results-oriented researcher with a strong background in superconducting quantum circuits. As a researcher at VTT, you will have a key role in the development of new scalable hardware components for superconducting quantum computers. You identify and solve problems independently and creatively, while working closely and flexibly with a team of experts. You focus either on the design, fabrication, or characterization aspects of the process, but you understand the big picture and provide input at all stages. 

In this position, you have the opportunity to develop cutting-edge hardware for quantum technology in a booming environment. VTT is a member of leading European research projects (OpenSuperQ, QMiCS) as well as national initiatives (e.g. Quantum Technology Finland). Very recently, VTT announced that it will acquire Finland’s first quantum computer, with 20.7 million euros granted by the Finnish government for the purpose.  
 

With us you will be responsible for

  • Designing new hardware components that combine superconducting circuits with VTT’s wide-ranging capabilities in related fields of microfabrication. 
  • And/or fabrication of such components in our extensive cleanroom (Micronova). 
  • And/or characterization of such components in our cryogenic measurement labs. 
  • Identifying and solving the key issues within your domain of expertise. 
  • Communicating and solving those issues in tight collaboration with others at VTT. 
  • Communicating and solving problems with external partners. 

 

We expect you to have

We are looking for a person with experience in fabrication or characterization of superconducting quantum circuits, and a master’s or PhD level degree in physics, electrical engineering, or other field connected closely to quantum technological hardware. Your background and interests are primarily in hardware aspects of quantum technology, although numerical modeling and practical programming skills are certainly welcome. You are proficient in English. 

We are interested in both junior and senior professionals. Depending on your background and experience, it is possible to expand the responsibilities above. 

Ideally, your background includes the following:  

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in experimental physics, electrical engineering, or a related field.  
  • At least 2 years of experience in research on superconducting quantum circuits (e.g. qubits, Josephson parametric amplifiers, qubit-based detectors). Additional experience with superconducting sensors or superconducting classical logic (e.g. SQUID magnetometers, SFQ) is also highly valued. 
  • Cleanroom and/or device design experience. 
  • At least basic programming skills. 

If you consider your domain of expertise to be outside the cleanroom, additional knowledge and practical experience in the following is a plus: 

  • ​​​​Numerical and analytical modelling 
  • Cryogenics 
  • Electronics 
  • CAD design 

As a person, you strive for excellent results but also prioritize and make pragmatic choices. You are focused and systematic. You contribute to a positive team spirit and prioritize the needs of the team high. You are hard working but you also communicate, collaborate, and delegate effectively. You are eager to work with new topics with open-minded and curious attitude. You are able to bring clarity over complexity and identify the essential bottle necks. In addition, you have the ability and patience to tolerate uncertainty and unexpected outcomes. 

 

We offer

VTT provides an inspiring working environment that pools together world-class research, innovations and top experts. Our mission is to create impact that generates sustainable growth and wellbeing in society as well as in industry. 

Our people are the core of the next generation VTT. Therefore, our personnel’s wellbeing, flexible work opportunities and competence development are key priorities for us. With us, you can make an impact for a better future and you can be part of solving the biggest challenges of our time 

 

For further information

Interested and want to know more? Contact Joonas Govenius for more information by phone (+358 40 189 8624) or e-mail (joonas.govenius@vtt.fi). Due to holidays, responses in July may be delayed. 

To apply, please send your cover letter and CV as soon as possible, latest by 31 August 2020.  We will start interviews already during application period.

 

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Employment type: Permanent position

VTT

VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have over 75 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT´s turnover and other operating income is 258 M€. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

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