Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ion Quantum Technology and Nanoscience / Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ion Quantum Technology and Nanoscience
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences / Department of Physics & Astronomy
Salary range: Research Fellow £29,972 - £ 35,788
Research Assistant £26,629 - £29,972
(Fixed term initially 1 years, with possibility of extension for another 2 years)
Expected start date: 1 November 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ion Quantum Technology and Nanoscience / Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ion Quantum Technology and Nanoscience position in the Ion Quantum Technology Group in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex. The duration of the position is originally for 1 year with the possibility of an extension for a further 2 years based on research requirements. The position is part of an EPSRC funded £1.4M Leadership fellowship for the development of quantum technology with nanofabricated ion trap chips.
Quantum theory can have powerful applications due to the possibility of implementing new quantum technologies such as the quantum computer. Recent developments in ion trapping technology show that it should be possible to realize advanced quantum technology with trapped ions. Research in our group focuses on the borderland of nano-science and quantum technology. We develop on-chip architectures for the implementation of an ion trap quantum technology device using state-of-the art nanofabrication techniques. As part of our experiments, ytterbium ions are trapped inside a vacuum system within an integrated ion trap chip using laser cooling. We perform experiments developing quantum gate operations for the practical implementation in quantum simulators and quantum information processing. Another key interest is the realization of quantum hybrid systems incorporating mechanical objects.
Research aims for this particular position are to develop nanotechnology towards realizing integrated ion chip architectures, to operate an experiment to control the motion and quantum state of single trapped ions directed towards building a device enabling quantum information processing, carry out quantum gate operations and to explore the foundations of quantum mechanics. This is an interdisciplinary research position on the interface of nano-science and atomic physics.
The successful applicant should have an experimental PhD in a field related to our research area such as atomic physics, optical physics, nano- / micro-fabrication, condensed matter and quantum physics along with a good publication record. Previous ion trapping or micro-fabrication experience would be desirable. Some of the typical tasks for this position include nano-fabrication, operation of lasers and optics, ultra-high vacuum experimental design, carry out quantum information science experiments, coherent control of ions and many others. The group currently spans 8 PhD students, 5 undergraduate students and one faculty member. The group has collaborations with universities and other research facilities around the world. The successful candidate is expected to actively engage in our research program, provide guidance to undergraduate and postgraduate students and to participate in the strategic planning of the group. The salary offered will be appropriate to the qualifications, standing and experience of the successful candidate.
The Ion Quantum Technology group website.
For more information, please email the head of group, Dr Winfried Hensinger
(Reader in Quantum, Atomic and Optical Physics) (email@example.com).
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Closing date for applications: 4th October 2011
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