14 PhD positions in Quantum Science and Technologies

QUSTEC offers the interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international training in the field of quantum science and technologies (QST) to 39 early-stage researchers. Only 14 PhD positions listed below out of 39 are still open for applications. QUSTEC programme is committed to improving the women scientists representation in the field of quantum sciences, and female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.



The coordinator of the programme is the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) Eucor – The European Campus, the alliance of five universities located in the cross-border research area of Upper Rhine.

For QUSTEC, the Eucor Members University of Basel, University of Freiburg, University of Strasbourg and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology are joined by IBM-Research in Zurich. The QUSTEC training programme is in line with the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and the EU Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training. At the application stage, candidates can choose up to three PhD projects and after the successful selection process will be enrolled in a doctoral programme of one of the partaking universities. Their applications will be evaluated in an open, transparent, merit-based procedure based on international peer review.

All fellows will be offered a 4-year employment contract with the corresponding social security provisions. An individual panel in a three-tier training programme will supervise them. The scientific focus of the programme lies on the six scientific areas of quantum electronics, artificial quantum systems, quantum nano-devices, non-equilibrium quantum systems, quantum resources, and quantum simulation. The COFUND financial support serves as a nucleus for the early-stage research career training, create synergies among the partner institutions and contribute to Europe’s leadership role in the emerging field of QST.


The topics currently open for applications are the following:

– 1.A Multi-qubit gates for the efficient exploration of Hilbert space with superconducting qubit systems, IBM Research – Zurich

– 1.B Charge noise and coherence of hole spins in group-IV QD devices, IBM Research – Zurich

– 1.F Understanding and engineering microscopic sources of noise in solid-state quantum devices, IBM Research – Zurich

– 1.G Quantum-coherent microwave-optical conversion, IBM Research – Zurich

– 1.H Gate-based sensing of spin qubits, IBM Research – Zurich

– 1.I Study of thermal transport in low-dimensional materials

– 2.A Casimir Forces in Superconducting Systems, University of Basel

– 2.E Wave packet interference experiments for the investigation of ultrafast dynamics and decoherence effects on the attosecond time scale, University of Freiburg

– 3.E Quantum critical Kondo lattices of molecular spins probed by scanning tunnelling microscopy, KIT

– 3.I Experimental studies of molecular qubits and implementation of optical read-out schemes based on single- and entangled photon sources, KIT

– 4.C Theory and simulation of nonequilibrium dynamics in many-body quantum systems, University of Freiburg

– 5.A Hybrid quantum networks with atomic memories and quantum dot single-photon sources, University of Basel

– 5.B Solid-state spins in an optical cavity, University of Basel

– 5.C Development of quantum technologies for molecular systems: quantum sensing of molecular and chemical properties, University of Basel


The QUSTEC programme has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement number 847471.


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Deadline 09/03/2020





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