Research Fellow in Trapped Ion Quantum Computing Ref 5680

School/department:  School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term initially for 12 months, with possibility of extension to 3 years
Reference: 5680
Salary: starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time.
Placed on:  22 March 2021
Closing date:  29 March 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date:  April 2021 or as soon as possible.

Job description

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in High Fidelity Trapped Ion Quantum Computing in the Ion Quantum Technology Group at the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies, University of Sussex. The position is part of the European Quantum Technologies Flagship programme and the UK National Quantum Technologies programme.

Trapped ions are one of the most mature implementations to deliver practical quantum technologies. Recently we have developed a fundamentally different approach for trapped-ion quantum computing that uses voltages and microwave fields to implement quantum gate operations, instead of lasers. This new approach is based on individually-controlled voltages applied to each logic gate location, analogous to a traditional transistor architecture within a classical computer processor. 

We have already implemented the core ingredient for this new method. We demonstrated a two-qubit quantum gate producing a maximally entangled state with a fidelity close to the fault-tolerant threshold. More details are available here.

This project focuses on further increasing the fidelity and speed of the quantum logic operations. Making use of our state-of-the-art microfabricated ion trap architectures, the project includes the application of quantum gate operations to a larger number of ions to perform quantum algorithms via the implementation of sophisticated ion shuttling operations. This position is part of a larger effort to develop and operate quantum computing solutions which scale to significantly larger system sizes.

Some of the typical tasks for this position include operation of high power microwave setups, laser systems, optical setups and ultra-high vacuum setups as well as carry out quantum information science experiments, perform simulations of quantum systems and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The successful applicant should have an experimental PhD in a field related to our research area such as atomic physics, optical physics or quantum physics along with a good publication record. 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:

 Some media coverage about the group’s work can be found here: Nature, Financial Times, PC Authority, BBC, Sky News Tonight With Dermot Murnaghan, VICE, and Daily Mail

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

Please contact Professor Winfried Hensinger 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.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Download job description and person specification Ref 5680 [PDF 226.27KB]

How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 110.00KB] 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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