PhD candidate in Quantum magneto-mechanics

PhD candidate in Quantum magneto-mechanics

Published Deadline Location
10 Oct 15 Dec Leiden
The Faculty of Science, Leiden Institute of Physics is looking for a:

PhD candidate, Quantum magneto-mechanics: cooling levitated particle motion with superconducting microwave circuits
Vacancy number: 14160

Project description
The project is f...

Job description

Key responsibilities
  • Design, fabricate, test and on-chip superconducting quantum devices
  • Publish academic papers and present at academic conferences;
  • Communicating closely and effectively with the team members;
  • Assist with teaching and student supervision;
  • Complete a PhD thesis within four years (1.0 FTE).

The PhD candidate will work closely together with the PI and other group members, building a cryogenic measurement environment, setting up a new dilution refrigerator, designing, simulating and fabricating superconducting quantum devices, and experimentally testing, characterising and measuring them. At the same time, the candidate will carry responsibility for on one of the research goals within the project.


Leiden University


Selection Criteria
  • Research Master, MSc or similar in Physics or equivalent
  • Excellent command of the English language coupled with excellent communication skills;
  • Well- developed analytic and organisational skills;
  • Excellent social skills in order to be able to work in a team environment.

Conditions of employment

Research at our faculty
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

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Terms and conditions
We offer a full-time 4 year fixed-term PhD position with a flexible starting-date. Salary range from €2770,- tot €3539,- gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Additional information

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Bas Hensen (, with ‘Application PhD’ in the subject line. Please ensure that you attach the following:
  • A short motivation (max one page) on why you would like to join our group and about your research interests.
  • A Curriculum Vitae, including information about the grades you had as an undergraduate
  • Contact details of a university teacher or previous/current supervisors who can be contacted for a reference.

The starting date of the PhD program is flexible (end 2023 - start of 2024).


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 14160



Rapenburg 70, 2311EZ, Leiden

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Application procedure

Make sure to apply no later than 15 Dec 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).