Postdoctoral Research Scientists in Superconducting Quantum Computing at the new ETH Zurich - PSI Quantum Computing Hub

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

ETH Zurich together with the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have recently founded a new Quantum Computing Hub to jointly develop large-scale quantum computers and to foster collaboration between academic and industrial partners in the emerging ecosystem of quantum technologies.

A growing team led by Andreas Wallraff together with a team of senior researchers from the Quantum Device Lab at the Department of Physics of ETH has set up a new superconducting circuits lab on the PSI campus at Villigen in the canton of Aargau. At this site we scale up systems developed at the Quantum Device Lab to 100 qubits and beyond. We develop automated testing and characterization techniques suitable for such large-scale devices and for systematic optimization of the fabrication processes. We also explore applications of noisy intermediate scale quantum (NISQ) devices and plan to offer collaborators from academia and industry opportunities to benchmark their own hardware and algorithms in a state-of-the-art superconducting quantum system. To ensure success and fast progress of this project, we are looking for highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Scientists in Quantum Computing with superconducting circuits.

Job description

You will become part of our young team setting up large-scale quantum computing systems in a brand-new lab. Like the rest of the team, you will be working closely with the Quantum Device Lab – a well-established research group – and be able to both benefit from the expertise developed there and to contribute to its progress. You will perform collaborative research towards the realization of quantum computing technologies and your main goal will be to push forward the development of quantum computing systems with 100 qubits and beyond. You will get to contribute to diverse aspects of the experimental effort, both technical (design of electronics and mechanical components, building of microwave setups) and conceptual (design of experiments, planning of future research strategies).

Working in the stimulating interdisciplinary environment of ETH Zurich and PSI and with access to some of the world's best infrastructure for performing top-level research (such as our centers for micro- and nanoscience: and, you will either realize noisy intermediate scale quantum (NISQ) algorithms for applications in quantum chemistry, material science and optimization problems, or pursue the development of fault-tolerant quantum computation by implementing error correction.

Your profile

You will have demonstrated interest in experimental realizations of quantum information processing systems and dedication to pursue a successful career in research, development, or education, either in academia or industry. Ideally, you have experience and a proven record in one or more of the following:

  • Quantum information processing and its implementations (e.g. with superconducting circuits, quantum dots, ion traps, NMR)
  • Experimental quantum optics and atomic physics (cavity quantum electrodynamics)
  • Micro- and nano-electronic devices and their fabrication (lithography and deposition techniques)
  • Mesoscopic solid state physics, low temperature physics, transport measurements at dilution refrigerator temperatures
  • Microwave electronics, digital electronics, FPGAs, instrumentation
  • Python/C++ programming experience is a great plus

Your workplace

We offer

Your project is embedded into the Quantum Center at ETH Zurich (, and into the broader context of a diverse set of European and international research projects. You will have the unique opportunity to contribute to a strong research program conducted at two of the leading European research institutions.

The Quantum Device Lab lab is located in Zurich, an international city with high quality of life, situated in the heart of Europe. The new lab at the Quantum Computing Hub is located on the PSI campus near Villigen, surrounded by Swiss countryside, reachable in about 40 minutes from the center of Zurich by public transport.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including:

  • Cover letter
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Research statement, containing a short description of your background, motivation, and skills
  • Copies of bachelor, master, and PhD theses (as available)
  • Three contacts for references.
  • At least one reference letter to be sent directly by email to

For further information about the Quantum Device Lab please visit our website: or contact us by email: (no applications).

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.