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Postdoc in optimal control for quantum gate error reduction

Chalmers tekniska högskola
Gothenburg, Sweden
Collective agreement
Closing date
14 Dec 2022
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Quantum gate error reduction – materials and circuit architectures for superconducting quantum computers, a collaboration between Chalmers University, Sweden and Aalto University, Finland. Come to the cutting edge of quantum technology – join our multi-talented, collaborative team working toward the common goal of building a 100-qubit quantum computer by 2025. You will be part of the most exciting things happening in this field, such as the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT) in Sweden, the Centre of Excellence Quantum Technology Finland (QTF), and the EU Flagship on Quantum Technology OpenSuperQplus.

Information about the project
The reduction of quantum gate errors represents the most important problem in the development of quantum computers in any technological platform. By this metric, superconducting qubits constitute a leading platform, with the best demonstrated two-qubit gate errors currently at the 0.1-0.2% level. Meaningful quantum computing requires that these errors be reduced to 0.01% in a scalable and reliable way across the multi-qubit chip. To achieve this, we will deploy advanced theoretical methods and we will implement the protocols experimentally. Progress in this direction will constitute a major breakthrough in quantum computing, as it will open the way to realistic implementations of error correction.

As a postdoc working on this collaborative project you are expected to spend 50-75% of your time at Chalmers, with substantial research visits to Aalto. You will have the unique opportunity of experiencing the working culture in top-level research groups in two Nordic countries.

The project is funded for 2 years by WACQT with the possibility of a 5-month ramp-up phase in 2022 funded by QTF. The Project has two PIs:
PI in Sweden: Giovanna Tancredi, Chalmers (
PI in Finland: Sorin Paraoanu, Aalto (

Major responsibilities
In a superconducting quantum processor, quantum gates are realized by on-resonant or near-resonant microwave pulses with the intent of inducing Rabi oscillations on the desired qubit. However, standard Rabi pulses are not robust against errors in frequency and timing, and they are also not optimal with respect to leakage into higher excited qubit states. The goal of this project is to use advanced methods in optimal control theory to accurately manipulate control pulses for generating both single and two-qubit gates. You are expected to develop these optimal control techniques and to experimentally demonstrate improvement of the quantum gate fidelities of Chalmers quantum processors. You will work on reducing the gate errors that are limited by systematic control errors. 

To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must hold a PhD in Physics, Applied Physics, Nanotechnology, or equivalent. Experience in experimental quantum computing, microwave quantum optics, or related fields in experimental physics will be highly appreciated, but we are looking also for theorists who would engage closely to our experimental groups. You are motivated for a career in quantum technology, be it in academia or at an institute or company. You have a collaborative attitude and an interest in working both independently and collaboratively in a team environment, sharing best practices and assuming responsibility. You pay attention to detail and enjoy to solve complex problems. You are also willing to help supervise PhD students. The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. 

Contract terms
This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two years.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20220414 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:

  • CV, include complete list of publications
  • Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
  • Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Describe your previous research fields and main research results
  • Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:

  • Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: February 28, 2023.
We will start interviewing prior to the deadline.

For questions, please contact:
PI in Sweden: Giovanna Tancredi, Chalmers, 
PI in Finland: Sorin Paraoanu, Aalto,

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 


Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg conducts research and education in technology and natural sciences at a high international level. The university has 3100 employees and 10,000 students, and offers education in engineering, science, shipping and architecture. With scientific excellence as a basis, Chalmers promotes knowledge and technical solutions for a sustainable world.

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