Research Fellow in Quantum Device Engineering

School/department: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Hours: full time
Contract: fixed term for 18 months
Reference:  2565
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 9 October 2017
Closing date:  15 November 2017.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in Quantum Devices Engineering in the Ion Quantum Technology Group in Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies at the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex. The position is part of the UK National Quantum Technologies programme.

Trapped ions are one of the most mature implementation to deliver practical quantum technologies such as quantum computing and quantum simulation. The architecture for practical trapped-ion quantum computers and quantum simulators consists of microfabricated quantum microchips that we develop. For the successful development of a quantum computer, sophisticated ion transport operations which move ions across the microchip architecture are crucial. This project involves developing sophisticated shuttling protocols and use these to implement adiabatic and diabatic shuttling operations which includes ion separation and combination as well as shuttling through X-junctions. This will include undertaking the required software development and closely collaborating with our industry partners to integrate newly developed state-of-the-art shuttling hardware. The aim is to then combine these processes with mixed-species (Yb-Ba) shuttling operations and microwave quantum gate engineering already being implemented in the group for the implementation of quantum algorithms and the construction of a quantum computer demonstrator device at the University of Sussex.

The successful applicant should have a PhD in a field relevant to the work to be carried out as part of this role along with a good publication record. Previous ion trapping experience would be desirable. Some of the typical tasks for this position include the operation of microfabricated ion traps, high power microwave setups, laser systems, optical setups, the development of relevant electronics and ultra-high vacuum setups as well as carry out quantum information science experiments and perform simulations of atomic systems. 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.

You can find out more about the group at:

For more information, please email the head of group,

Prof Winfried Hensinger

(Professor of Quantum Technologies)


A short film about Professor Hensinger’s work can be found here. A popular science lecture given by Prof. Hensinger explaining the principles of quantum computing at the US Department of Energy can be found here.

Some recent media coverage about the group’s work can be found here:

Profile interview with Prof Winfried Hensinger

The supercomputer of the future? BBC NEWS

BBC Radio 4 Today

Quantum computing breakthrough: UK scientists develop technique to greatly simplify trapped ions International Business Times


Closing date for applications: 15 November 2017

Please include with your completed application form a CV, cover letter, the contact details of three referees and a list of relevant publications.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in science, engineering and mathematics at Sussex.


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