Research Fellow in Quantum Device Engineering (Quantum Computing Operations) (Fixed Term) Ref 1527

School of Mathematic and Physical Sciences
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Full time, Fixed term initially 1 year, with possibility of extension of up to 4 years 
Salary range: starting at £32,004 and rising to £38,183 per annum
Closing date for applications: 10 February 2017
Expected start date:  20 February 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter


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 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. In addition, the use of a second ion species is required for sympathetic cooling during and after shuttling operations. This project involves making use of our state-of-the-art ion trap microchips to implement adiabatic and diabatic shuttling operations which includes ion separation and combination as well as shuttling through X-junctions. The project also involves implementing mixed-species (Yb-Ba) shuttling operations as well as implementing efficient sympathetic cooling operations. The aim is to then combine these processes with microwave quantum gate engineering for the implementation of quantum algorithm and the construction of a quantum computer demonstrator device at the University of Sussex.

The successful applicant should have a PhD in a field related to our research area such as atomic physics, optical physics or quantum physics along with a good publication record. Previous ion trapping experience would be desirable. Some of the typical tasks for this position include the development of advanced electronics, the operation of microfabricated ion traps, high power microwave setups, laser systems, optical setups and ultra-high vacuum setups as well as carry out quantum information science experiments and perform simulations of atomic systems. The group currently spans 5 Postdoctoral Fellows, 14 PhD students, 5 undergraduate students, and one member of faculty. 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.

Applicants are encouraged to also look at our other three current openings and apply for the most suitable position(s).

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)

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

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