Professor of Quantum Optics and Technology ref 9879

School/department: School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Hours: Full time
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: Permanent 
Reference:  9879
Salary: Competitive
Placed on: 25 November 2022
Closing date:  07 April 2023.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 26 April 2023
Expected start date: June 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter

Job description

The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Sussex and the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies (SCQT), seek to appoint a Professor in experimental quantum technology, including quantum information processing, quantum sensing and applied quantum technology or related areas.

The SCQT is a leading, international centre for quantum research and the development of novel technologies, excelling in both theoretical and applied approaches. Our activities are expansive and include investigations into the foundations of quantum mechanics, applied research, technology development and the transition to commercialisation.

Our quantum research community currently comprises of 9 academic staff, more than 15 research staff and about 33 postgraduate, primarily based in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, which tied 7th in the UK for Physics research environment in REF2021. We are also closely involved with the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.

We are looking for applicants with an exceptional track record in research that complements and shows synergy with our current activities.

We’d particularly welcome applications from candidates who:

-                      Have an exceptional track record in experimental quantum technology, including quantum information processing, quantum sensing and applied quantum technology or related areas

-                      Lead research that is synergetic with existing research activities at Sussex

-                      Have demonstrable sustained, exceptional performance in their research activity

-                      Have demonstrable ability to attract research funding

-                      Have significant experience in PhD student supervision

Please contact Professor Matthias Keller ( or Professor Stephan Huber ( for informal enquiries.

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, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

Please note: The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

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How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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