PhD Student - Quantum gyroscopes based on levitated particles (Closed)

Pre-doctoral position
Position category: PhD Student
Reference: 2023/67
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: 2023/06/16
For more info contact the supervisors:
Gabriel Molina-Terriza
How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for the above mentioned position. This is a unique opportunity for highly motivated students recently graduated from the University in Physics or related fields to gain research experience in one of DIPC’s high-profile research teams.

The role

The Donostia International Physics Centre and the Quantum Nanophotonics Laboratory at the Centro de Física de Materiales – Materials Physics Center is offering a PhD position to work with Prof. Gabriel Molina-Terriza developing methods to control and measure the rotation of optically levitated particle, reaching the quantum measurement limit. The candidate will use structured light to control and measure the rotation of the particle and will develop novel quantum squeezed light sources to interact with the rotating particle. This project is a collaboration with the groups of Dr. Mikel Sanz (BCAM) and Prof. Iñigo Eguskiza (UPV/EHU). The work will involve developing state-of-the-art electronics and quantum optics instrumentation. 

Desired background & competences

  • Candidates must hold a Masters degree or equivalent in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science or related disciplines.
  • Expertise and demonstrated hands-on- experience in optics, FPGAs and other data acquisition instrumentation will be highly appreciated for this particular position.
  • Knowledge in programming languages will be positively evaluated.

Working conditions

  • Contract duration: 1 year (possibility to extend up to 3 years)
  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales
  • Target start date: 2023/06/28

We provide a highly stimulating research environment, and unique professional career development opportunities.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The center

DIPC is a research center whose mission is to perform and catalyze cutting-edge research in physics and related disciplines, as well as to convey scientific culture to society. Located in Donostia / San Sebastian (Basque Country, Spain), DIPC was born from a strategic alliance of both public institutions and private companies. Since 2008 DIPC is a 'Basque Excellence Research Center' (BERC) recognized by the Basque Government's Department of Education. In 2019, DIPC was also recognized as a "Severo Ochoa" Excellence Center by the Spanish Research Agency.

About the team

The Quantum Nanophotonics Laboratory Group at the Center of Materials Physics addresses fundamental research on quantum technologies. Current research topics in the group include optical trapping and levitation, in particular for the development of novel inertial quantum sensors. We also work on other quantum technologies, such as the quantum control of the nuclear and electronic spins in Nitrogen Vacancy centres (NVs) in diamond, for quantum sensing and quantum computation applications, and quantum photonics, using entangled photon sources and quantum squeezed light. For more information, visit our web:

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit an updated CV and a brief statement of interest to the following application email below. 

Reference letters are welcome but not indispensable.

The reference of the specific opening to which the candidate is applying should be stated in the subject line, and the application must be received before the application deadline.

Although candidates are welcome to contact the project supervisors to know further details about the proposed research activity, please be aware that the application will be evaluated only if it is submitted directly to the email address listed below as application email.

Selection process

Applications received by the deadline will be evaluated by a Committee designed by the DIPC board on the basis of the following criteria:

  • CV of the candidate (60%)
  • Adequacy of the candidate’s scientific background to the project (20%)
  • Reference letters (10%)
  • Other: Diversity in gender, race, nationality, etc. (10%)

Evaluation results will be communicated to the candidates soon after. Positions will only be filled if qualified candidates are found.

The DIPC may revoke its decision if the candidate fails to join by the appointed time, in which case the position will be awarded to the candidate with the next highest score, provided it is above 50 (out of 100).

However, the selected candidate may keep the position if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, the candidate duly justifies the reasons why he or she cannot join before the specified deadline, and as long as the project allows it.


This project has been supported by MCIN with funding from European Union NextGenerationEU (PRTR-C17.I1)


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