Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ion Trap Quantum Computing at the NQIT Hub

University of Oxford - Atomic and Laser Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ion Trap Quantum Computing. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years, with the possibility of extension depending on funding.

Oxford is leading a multi-institution £38M EPSRC-funded “Hub” for Networked Quantum Information Technologies ( A central goal of this 5-year project is the development of a small prototype quantum information processor, consisting of trapped-ion qubits linked by photonic interconnects. The Oxford Ion Trap QC group has recently demonstrated the longest-lived single-qubit memory, the most precise single-shot qubit readout, and the highest-fidelity single- and two-qubit quantum logic gates, in any physical system, with all these elementary operations significantly surpassing recent estimates of the quantum computing “fault-tolerant threshold”.

We seek highly-motivated and technically-skilled individuals to join the team which is building the prototype device. As well as driving forward the development of this complex ion trap quantum network, duties will include preparing reports, presentations and scientific papers, and assisting with the supervision of graduate students.

Applicants should possess, or be close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in experimental quantum optics or atomic physics.

Previous experience in the field of ion or atom trapping will be highly desirable.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a good understanding of the relevant basic theory, skills in data analysis and numerical modelling, and a strong research track record.

The post holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Dr David Lucas (

You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 31 October 2017 can be considered.

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