Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Experimental Quantum Transport and Nanomechanics

University of Oxford - Department of Materials, Parks Road

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant, to carry out fabrication and investigation of devices with electronic and mechanical degrees of freedom. This post will be under the supervision of Dr Natalia Ares and Professor Andrew Briggs. The development of quantum devices that combine both electronic and mechanical degrees of freedom has opened the door to the study of electron-phonon interactions in these devices. These interactions play a crucial role in quantum transport and the interplay between different degrees of freedom might be a key tool to access thermodynamic quantities at the nanoscale. As quantum technologies develop, thermodynamics has to scale down, and questions such as ‘How do quantum systems thermalize?’ arise. This post offers an excellent opportunity to make progress towards emerging quantum technologies through fundamental scientific discovery.  

The person appointed will fabricate and test nanoelectromechanical devices, with a view to study electron/phonon interactions and non-equilibrium thermodynamics.  You will also carry out experiments on electron/hole transport, nanomechanics, circuit optomechanics and circuit QED, where appropriate at cryogenic temperatures.  The Research Assistant will engage and work collaboratively with others, and participate in meetings with other researchers in Oxford and elsewhere as required. You will also be responsible for planning and managing research and administrative activities, with the ability to co-ordinate all aspects of the project and to meet deadlines. 

Applicants must hold a PhD/DPhil, or be near to completing a PhD/DPhil in a relevant physical science, and have an outstanding track record of research and publications, commensurate with stage in career.  You will also have research experience in nanodevice fabrication and measurement, and have the ability to contribute at a high level to fundamental science of quantum nanodevices.  Willingness and the ability to engage with others in collaborative research are essential for this post, as well as the ability to work independently, along with excellent organisation skills. Experience of quantum transport and/or circuit optomechanics would be desirable.

This full-time fixed-term post is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and the EPSRC for up to 31 March 2021, and is based at the Department of Materials, Parks Road, Oxford.

All applications are to be made online, and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your application.

For further details including the job description and selection criteria, please see the document below.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 15 June 2018, with interviews for shortlisted candidates to be held in the week commencing 25 June 2018.

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