Research Fellow in Quantum Technology Ref 0030

School/department: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Physics & Astronomy)
Hours: full-time
Contract: fixed term initially one year, with possibility of extension subject to experimental

Reference: 0030 
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 15 August 2018
Closing date: 14 September 2018. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: as soon as possible
Expected start date: as soon as possible

Job description

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in Quantum Device Engineering in the Geonium Chip Group in the 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.

The goal of the project will be the development of a Single Microwave Photon Transducer (Emitter/Detector) with trapped electrons.

An efficient detector of single microwave (MW) photons is a fundamental tool still missing in quantum technology. Such detectors are essential for determining the quantum state of GHz radiation fields and thus vital for quantum communication/information applications with microwaves.

The pioneering geonium chip technology developed at Sussex will enable trapped electrons as ultra-sensitive microwave sensors. These will offer unique capabilities for the observation and coherent manipulation of quantum MW fields. The project is framed within the “Quantum Microwave Sensor” EPSRC Quantum Technology fellowship, leaded by Jose Verdu.

In this project a novel 80 mK cryostat will be constructed in close collaboration with the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (group of Prof. Ian Hepburn, UCL) as well as with the industrial partners. This project falls within the remit of Quantum Technology, which has been identified by the University of Sussex as one of the areas for strategic growth in the coming years.

The successful applicant should have a PhD in a field related to our research area such as atomic physics, ion -Penning- traps or similar along with a good publication record. Previous experience with working with high temperature and low temperature superconductors is essential.

Experience in the design of magnetic field sources for ion traps would be an ideal advantage.  Previous cold atom / ion experience would be useful but is not required.

Some of the typical tasks for this position include superconducting magnetic sources development, microchip development from design to characterisation, electric field (DC,RF,MW) simulations of trapping structure, the operation of ion trapping experiments, cryogenic engineering, LabView programming and general supervision of PhD students.

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 skills and abilities of the successful candidate.

You can find out more about the group here.

For more information, please email the head of group,
Dr Jose L. Verdu
Reader in AMO Physics
Tel: 0044-(0)1273 -678712

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