Electrical Engineer in Quantum Device Engineering (Fixed Term) Ref 1566

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Fixed term initially 6 months, with possibility of long term extension, full time
Salary range:  starting at £32,004 and rising to £38,183 per annum
Closing date for applications:  28 February 2017
Expected start date:  As soon as possible


Applications are invited for an Electrical Engineer in the Ion Quantum Technology Group in the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex. The position is part of the UK National Quantum Technologies programme.

The successful development of quantum technologies are set to revolutionise the world we live in. Stable current supplies are a core ingredient for trapped-ion quantum technologies such as quantum computers and quantum sensors with exceptional requirements put on current supplies used in experiments focusing on high fidelity coherent operations. Specifically, the Ion Quantum Technology group at the University of Sussex is currently working towards the successful development of a quantum computer demonstrator device which is based on locally applied currents and globally applied long-wavelength (rf and microwave) radiation fields. As such, a core requirement are current sources which supply a very stable output current with an output level in excess of 10 A and in some cases requires this to be combined with the ability to drive a high inductive load and perform fast and precise control operations of the output level. The successful candidate will work on a project aiming to construct a quantum computer demonstrator device and as part of this develop devices such as a versatile control unit which allows for fast control of the output level of ultra-stable current supplies when driving high inductive loads with capabilities including fast on/off switching (1 μs) and the generation of user-defined output waveforms. This particular part of the work will be undertaken in close collaboration with the industry partner for this project who are a leading manufacturer and supplier of ultra-stable current supplies. The successful applicant will work closely with the industry partner to ensure that the control unit can be fully integrated into the new range of ultra-stable current supplies and thereby combine the ultra-high stability with the versatile features offered by the control unit.

The successful applicant should have considerable experience in the development of advanced rf-based electronics, preferable with experience in developing marketable electronics products. A PhD is not required but may be useful in the appropriate area. Some of the typical tasks for this position include the development of advanced electronics which may range from the designing, building and testing of prototypes to the full development of products which are ready for market. The salary offered will be appropriate to the qualifications, standing and experience of the successful candidate.

The Ion Quantum Technology Group is one of the world’s leading centres for the implementation of trapped-ion quantum computing and simulation. The group is part of the UK Quantum Technology Hub on Networked Quantum Technologies and the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology. The group currently spans 4 Postdoctoral Fellows, 14 PhD students and 6 undergraduate students and one member of faculty. The group has collaborations with multiple industry partners as well as with universities and other research facilities around the world.

The city of Brighton & Hove has everything - sun, sea, brilliant clubs, great places to eat, fabulous shops, a truly cosmopolitan vibe and is located only 50min from central London. Located on the beach, Brighton boasts beautiful seaside views and beaches, boating, sports and beach activities. The South Downs provide breathtaking views, tranquil walks and plenty of opportunities for mountain biking, hiking or picnics.

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


New Scientist

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)


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