PhD in tailoring quantum hardware for efficient quantum computation

PhD in tailoring quantum hardware for efficient quantum computation

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16 Jan 11 Feb Delft

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Job description

We are looking for a passionate candidate to join the Vandersypen lab and the Bosco group to be at the forefront of the research on spin qubits architectures. The Vandersypen group is a well-established presence in experimental quantum computing research, while the Bosco group is an active newly-established theoretical team in the field. By joining both groups simultaneously, you will experience the dynamic synergy of theory guiding practice and practice validating theory.

As a joint researcher, you will be exploring from a theoretical perspective different ways to tailor quantum hardware for efficient quantum computation. Your work will involve examining the strengths and weaknesses of spin qubits to design scalable architectures. Additionally, you will harness the higher connectivity of spin qubits to craft innovative quantum computing solutions, including quantum error correction, error mitigation, and NISQ (Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum) technology.

Our collaborative approach ensures that theoretical research directly influences the development and validation of experimental quantum technologies. You will have the unique opportunity to bridge the gap between theory and practice, making substantial contributions to the realization of scalable quantum computers. Join us and be part of a team dedicated to harness fascinating physical phenomena for the scalability of quantum computers and turning theory into reality.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


You have a master’s degree in physics, applied physics, nanoelectronics or comparable discipline at the time of taking on the position. Prior experience in solid-state quantum computing, including but not limited to spin or superconducting qubits is appreciated but not required.

You are theoretically inclined and have a strong drive to address fundamental physics question. You are eager to actively engage in the translation of your findings into practical applications. You enjoy working in a team and you bring excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1,5 year contract followed by 2,5 years contract.

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor.

The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. 

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!



QuTech is a mission-driven research institute run jointly by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). Together, we work on a radically new technology with world-changing potential, developing scalable prototypes of a quantum computer and an intrinsically safe quantum internet.

We are creating the quantum future, and we believe that quantum technology will be a game changer in many social and economic sectors – including health, agriculture, climate and safety. To achieve our ambitious goals, we bring together scientists, engineers and industry in an inspiring environment, with plenty of space for ambition, entrepreneurship and innovation. Our research and engineering activities are conducted in three divisions: Quantum ComputingQuantum Internet and Qubit Research. 220 FTE and over 300 curious people work in our divisions and support teams, and we actively welcome new colleagues who share our vision and enthusiasm.

Have a look at our video and get a glimpse of QuTech.


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD04912


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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