Tenure track research group leader in experimental solid state quantum computing

Forschungszentrum Jülich
Jülich, Nordrhein-Westfalen 52428
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As a member of the Helmholtz Association, Forschungszentrum Jülich makes an effective contribution to solving major challenges facing society in the fields of information, energy, and bioeconomy. It focuses on varied tasks in the area of research management and utilizes large, often unique, scientific infrastructure. Come and work with around 6,100 colleagues across a range of topics and disciplines at one of Europe's largest research centres.

The JARA Institute Quantum Information is a joint initiative of Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University. Its research focus is on theoretical and experimental research in quantum information science, with the overarching goal of contributing to the realization of large-scale quantum computation. Prominent topics are solid state qubits and quantum error correction.

We are looking to recruit a

Tenure track research group leader in experimental solid state quantum computing

Your Job:

  • You will establish and lead a new experimental research group on solid state quantum computing based at Forschungszentrum Jülich.
  • You are expected to conceive and carry out research activities on topics with high relevance for scalability.
  • The research program that you will develop should have strong synergies with other local activities and contribute to the long term goal of developing a universal, error corrected quantum processor. Technology-focused approaches and concepts for collaboration with industry are welcome.


  • doctoral degree or equivalent qualification in physics, electrical engineering or a related field
  • research experience beyond the dissertation is desirable
  • proof of scientific excellence (e.g., in terms of publications, external funding, patents, scientific awards) and a track record in the field of experimental solid state quantum computing
  • excellent communication skills
  • strong leadership potential

Our Offer:

  • a dynamically growing research environment with a strong focus on solid state quantum computing, ranging from the fundamentals to system development
  • funding for a group consisting of, e.g., two postdocs, three PhD students and a technician as well as a well-equipped experimental setup. Additional resources can optionally be obtained through third party funding or collaborative internal programs
  • access to state-of-the-art shared fabrication facilities at the Helmholtz Nano Facility
  • 6 year appointment, continuation after 3 years subject to an intermediate evaluation. The appointment will be made permanent after a positive tenure evaluation in the sixth year. An earlier tenure will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates. Leadership opportunities and internal funding after tenure are intended but will depend on the performance and development of the field
  • teaching at RWTH Aachen or another partner university is optional
  • a comprehensive further training programme
  • flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life
  • full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)

For further information on the local research environment and agenda, see https://www.jara.org/de/forschung/jara-fit/pgi-11 and https://www.jara.org/de/forschung/jara-fit/jara-institute/quantum-information-qi

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application until 05.01.2020 via our online recruitment system!

Questions about the vacancy?
Contact us by mentioning the reference number 2019-397: career@fz-juelich.de

Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.



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