Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Integrated Quantum Hybrid Systems / Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Integrated Quantum Hybrid Systems
Department of Physics & Astronomy
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Salary range: Research Fellow starting at £29,972 and rising to £35,788
Research Assistant starting at £26,629 and rising to £29,972
Expected start date: 1 November 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter
Fixed term, Full time initially 1 year, with possibility of extension for another 2 years
It is normal to appoint at the first point of the salary scale.
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Integrated Quantum Hybrid Systems / Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Integrated Quantum Hybrid Systems 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 the EC funded IQIT project for the development of integrated quantum hybrid systems.
The project will focus on demonstrating novel routes towards scaling up physical devices for quantum information science with particular attention to communication between different parts of a quantum processor by means of a quantum bus. Developing a scalable technology will be pursued by first advancing two successful solid-state and atom-optical devices, namely arrays of superconducting qubits coupled to microwave resonators and highly controlled ion trap systems, and then by combining them to yield a scalable basis for universal quantum computation and processing of quantum information. This new, integrated scheme will be based on the simultaneous exploitation of superconducting qubits for fast and scalable computational tasks and of trapped ions for storage and processing of information with long coherence times. Integration between the solid-state and the atomic devices will be carried out at all levels, including interactions, operations, measurement, control, and optimization. The project's long-term vision is an integrated scalable device for QIS. The breakthroughs envisioned are, 1st the design, realization, and test of a four-qubit integrated processor with superconducting gates and trapped ions register, and, based on the knowledge gained here, 2nd the design of a scalable integrated architecture. The project is based at the University of Sussex, however, it will be carried out in collaboration with Siegen University, Germany, Comenius University of Bratislava, Slovakia (Slovak Republic), Institut fuer Photonische Technologien e.V., Germany, Aarhus University, Denmark, University of Salerno, Italy and the University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom.
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. Previous experience with superconducting qubits and cryogenic vacuum systems would also 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.
Find out more on 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)
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