Research Fellow in Microfabrication of Advanced Ion Trap Microchips Ref: 3867

School/department: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term initially 12 months, with possibility of extension to 3 years.
Reference: 3867
Salary: Starting at £33,797 and rising to £40,322 per annum.
Placed on: 08 June 2020
Closing date:  08 July 2020.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: As soon as possible

This role was previously advertised as Ref 3238. Previous applicants need not apply.


Job description 

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in microfabrication of advanced ion trap microchips 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 research 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 implementation to deliver practical quantum technologies. At the core of quantum technology devices developed within the Sussex Ion Quantum Technology Group are sophisticated quantum microchips. The group produces state-of-the-art microchips and holds the world record for a number of chip specifications. 

This project involves designing, fabricating and characterising complex quantum microchips to be used in trapped-ion quantum computing, simulation and quantum sensing devices. This will include the development of through silicon vertical interconnects and on-chip features such as photon detectors, and integrated digital-to-analogue converters. The work will focus on silicon manufacturing technologies. 

The successful applicant should have a PhD in a field related to our research area such as nano- / microfabrication, electrical and seminconductor engineering, condensed matter physics, atomic physics or similar along with a good publication record. Previous experience with working in a cleanroom and microfabrication experience is essential. Previous cold atom / ion experience would be useful but is not required.

Some of the typical tasks for this position include process development, microchip development from design to characterisation, electric field (dc, rf, mw) simulations of trapping structure, carrying out microfabrication at different cleanroom facilities and general supervision of PhD students. 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: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/physics/iqt/ 

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 

For more information, please email: Prof Winfried Hensinger (w.k.hensinger@sussex.ac.uk). 

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

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

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How to apply

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