Research Associate/Fellow (fixed-term)

University of Nottingham - Mathematical Sciences

This full-time position is available from 1 March 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter and will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 1 August 2018.

Applications for job share will also be accepted.

Applications are invited for the above post to work with Professor Ivette Fuentes on a Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) - funded project entitled “Quantum Observers in a Relativistic World”. The main aim of the project is to deepen our understanding of the notion of observer in physics by investigating the nature of observers at the overlap of quantum theory and relativity. We will employ recently developed techniques from quantum information, quantum metrology and their interplay with relativity, to develop a notion of clocks and spacetime probes which will provide ultimate bounds on possible measurements of physically accessible quantities. This will help us unveil the fundamental limitations imposed by the laws of Nature on observations. 

The successful applicant will specialise in applying quantum metrology techniques to relativistic quantum fields to develop clocks and spacetime probes.

Candidates must hold or be near completion of a PhD, or equivalent, in a relevant branch of quantum information, quantum metrology and/or quantum field theory in curved spacetime. A good knowledge of quantum theory and relativity is essential. In addition, a background in relativistic quantum information is desirable but not essential. Candidates should be confident, organised, have good communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team as well as independently. The successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the publication of scientific papers, and to their dissemination at relevant workshops and conferences. They should have evidence that the quality and quantity of their previous research outputs is commensurate with their level of experience.

In recognition of its commitment to promoting women in science, The University of Nottingham is one of a small number of universities to hold a Silver Athena SWAN Award.

For information about the School of Mathematical Sciences, which has strong and active research groups in areas including quantum information, quantum metrology, quantum gravity and quantum field theory in curved spacetime, see:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Ivette Fuentes email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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