PhD in ‘Theoretical modelling and simulations of quantum devices‘

Tyndall National Institute
February 20, 2023
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GF-12 PhD in ‘Theoretical modelling and simulations of quantum devices‘

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Tyndall National Institute is a leading European research centre in integrated ICT (Information and Communications Technology) hardware and systems, specialising in both electronics and photonics – materials, devices, circuits and systems.

We now wish to hire a PhD student in ‘Theoretical modelling and simulations of quantum devices‘.

The PhD topic is part of an SFI-funded project aiming at the demonstration of the first operational Germanium-Tin (GeSn) based quantum devices, capitalising on unique material band structure properties, and so place GeSn on the roadmap for future quantum computing and information processing technologies. The project is a collaboration between Tyndall and the Centre of Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis (CAPPA) of Munster Technological University. Gate-defined quantum dots will be fabricated at Tyndall's cleanrooms to realise qubits and quantum sensors. The PhD student will work on understanding the material properties and their manifestation in quantum devices. Close collaboration with the experimentalists is expected to guide the design of the fabricated devices and the interpretation of the measurements.

The PhD student will be embedded in the Quantum Electronics Devices group within the CMOS++ Research Cluster of the Micro & Nano Systems Centre (MNS) at Tyndall. CMOS++ brings together over 15 research leaders across Tyndall to address emerging materials, devices and architectures for next generation information-processing technologies that interface with and advance beyond CMOS.

Essential Criteria

  • The minimum academic qualification is a 1st or upper 2nd class honours degree (or an equivalent international degree) in physics or related discipline.
  • Knowledge in quantum physics and/or condensed matter/solid state physics
  • High degree of responsibility and independence. Self-motivation, initiative, and being achievement-oriented. Hands on and flexible attitude.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Good presentation abilities, excellent written and oral English level.
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results. Able to collaborate with team members and project partners outside Tyndall.
  • Desirable Criteria

  • A Master's Degree in Quantum Technologies, Computational Physics or related topic.
  • Experience with electronic band structure calculations using density functional theory or (semi)-empirical models (e.g. k.p or tight-binding models)
  • Knowledge of carrier transport simulations for instance non-equilibrium Green's function techniques or drift-diffusion
  • Key challenges

  • To obtain and analyse the electronic structure properties of high tin content in GeSn alloys using a blend of density functional theory and e.g. k.p models
  • To develop modelling tools capable of predicting the quantum device properties
  • Literature review and experimental collaboration to generate new knowledge in beyond state-of-the-art devices.
  • Tasks will incorporate both technical activities on the theory, design and simulation of the proposed GeSn quantum structures and professional training on project management, science communication and career development. At the completion of the PhD, the graduate will be in an excellent position for a career in academia or a high-value role in industry.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • The position if fully funded for four years. A student stipend of €18,500 p.a. applies for this successful candidate for this position. Yearly University academic fees will be paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

    Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Giorgos Fagas ( and/or Stefan Schulz (

    Application Instructions

    Step 1 - clickhere to download and complete the application form and indicate Job Reference GF-12

    Step 2 – return completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter

    Please ensure that your motivation letter, CV and application letter are submitted in pdf format.

    Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations (https: // www. Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of English language proficiency.

    Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

    The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

    At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

    Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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