Research Fellow in Quantum Device Engineering (Manufacturing Quantum Microchips)(Fixed Term)Ref 1528

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. At the core of quantum technology devices developed within the Sussex Ion Quantum Technology Group are sophisticated quantum microchips that are being developed in-house and are fabricated by our own group members in our own as well as other leading cleanroom facilities around the world. The group produces state-of-the-art microchips and holds the world record for a number of chip specifications. This project involves designing, fabricating and characterising complex quantum microchips to be used in trapped-ion quantum computing, simulation and sensing quantum devices. This will include the development of through silicon vertical interconnects and on-chip features such as photon detectors, and integrated digital-to-analogue converters. The work will focus on silicon manufacturing technologies.

The successful applicant should have a PhD in a field related to our research area such as nano- / microfabrication, electrical and seminconductor engineering, condensed matter physics, atomic physics or similar along with a good publication record. Previous experience with working in a cleanroom and microfabrication experience is essential. Previous cold atom / ion experience would be useful but is not required. Some of the typical tasks for this position include process development, microchip development from design to characterisation, electric field (dc, rf, mw) simulations of trapping structure, carrying out microfabrication at different clean room facilities, the operation of ion trapping experiments, systems engineering and general supervision of PhD students.

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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