Research Scientist, Superconducting Quantum Circuits

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Are you interested in superconducting devices and quantum technology? We are offering a new job opportunity in the field.  

VTT is one of the leading research organizations in Europe and we are operating the largest R&D cleanroom in the Nordic countries, located in Micronova premises, Espoo. We develop innovative enabling technologies and apply them to practical micro- and nanosystems. We work closely with global players in the microelectronics field, including demanding industrial partners. What unites us at VTT are the curiosity, passion of learning and devotion to finding solutions to global challenges and answers to our customers’ needs. You can familiarize with us further by exploring VTT’s research infra through VTT World.

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 and testing of new scalable hardware 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 (OpenSuperQQMiCS) as well as national initiatives (e.g. Quantum Technology Finland). Currently, VTT is building Finland’s first quantum computer in partnership with IQM Quantum Computers, with 20.7 million euros granted by the Finnish government for the purpose.

Please note that we currently have more than 10 positions open in Microelectronics and Quantum Technologies team - see full list and read more here!

With us, you wil 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.

Who we are looking for:

  • 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.

Ideally, your background includes the following:

  • Numerical and analytical modelling
  • Measurement techniques
  • 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.

What we offer you

  • Visionary work in technology. We offer positions at the cutting-edge of technology and engineering from next generation microelectronics and quantum technology to automation and robotics, energy systems and more. Our research agenda is dedicated to creating sustainable growth by solving systemic and technological challenges, so your work will go towards creating real, positive impact. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope
  • Fascinating projects, excellent research environment. Our researchers get to work on a combination of cutting-edge academic research and applied customer projects, both locally and internationally. At VTT, you’ll have state-of-the-art research facilities at your disposal, such as Micronova, the Finnish research infrastructure for micro-, nano- and quantum technologies.   
  • Great career opportunities, superb colleagues. At VTT, excellence in research is a strategic priority. We offer long-term positions and stable career paths in top-level research. People tend to stay with us over 10 years since there are always new roles and responsibilities to grow into. Collaborating in a cross-disciplinary community with superb colleagues is a source of learning, inspiration, and fun. 
  • Support for your well-being. Our people are our main asset, so we take good care of them. We aim to nurture great team spirit and leadership and offer versatile well-being services to enable a good work–life balance. On top of 6 weeks of paid holidays, we offer exercise and culture benefits, hobby clubs, and voluntary well-being services such as meditation programmes and trainings on cognitive ergonomics. 

Are you an international talent looking for a new opportunity? Read more about benefits of living and working in Finland as well as VTT's support for relocation of the new employees! Please note that VTT will cover the cost of temporary accommodation of two weeks in Finland, travel and removals for permanent employees. 

Interested and want to hear more?

Interested and want to know more? Contact Janne Lehtinen for more information by e-mail (janne.lehtinen@vtt.fi) or phone (+358 44 577 7978).

Please send your CV and application with your salary request via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by November 14 2021. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate. 

Apply between 21 October 2021 and 14 November 2021 23:59 (Europe/Helsinki)

Employment type: Full-time, permanent


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.

VTT – beyond the obvious.

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Research Scientist, Superconducting Quantum Circuits
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