Research Fellow in Trapped Ion Quantum Computing (Fixed Term) Ref 0033

School/department: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Physics & Astronomy)
Hours: full-time
Contract: fixed term initially 12 months, with possibility of extension to 3 years subject to experimental requirements
Reference: 0033
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 13 August 2018 
Closing date:  12 September 2018. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: To be confirmed 
Expected start date: 01 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in Trapped Ion Quantum Computing in the Ion Quantum Technology group in the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies at the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex. The group is part of the UK National Quantum Technologies programme and the European Quantum Technologies Flagship programme.

Trapped ions are one of the most mature implementations to deliver practical quantum technologies. Recently we have developed a blueprint for the construction of a large-scale trapped ion quantum computer. More details can be found here.

This architecture is based on a modular approach where connectivity between microfabricated modules is achieved via electric fields, removing the need for photonic interconnects. Quantum logic is implemented on the modules using locally applied voltages and globally applied microwave radiation.

This removes the need for millions of carefully aligned laser beams in a quantum computer capable of solving some of the most computationally challenging problems.    

This successful candidate will actively drive the construction of a quantum computer demonstrator device which is currently being developed in the group. The demonstrator will implement the core principles of the blueprint. This includes connecting modules via electric fields and operating modules with integrated control electronics to implement quantum algorithms.

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 carrying out quantum information science experiments and perform simulations of quantum systems.

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 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.

You can find out more about the group here.

Some recent 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.

For more information, please email Prof Winfried Hensinger (

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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How to apply

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