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Research Associate in SiC Quantum Spintronics

Heriot-Watt University - School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st January 2019
Closes: 21st February 2019
Job Ref: IRC20591

The Quantum Photonics Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University (HWU) is engaged in research covering solid-state photonics, engineering coherent light-matter interaction using quantum structures and devices, and exploiting such devices for quantum technologies. The group consists of about 15 members, including two academics: Prof. Brian Gerardot and Dr. Cristian Bonato. The quantum photonic platforms used within the group includes defects in wide band-gap materials such as SiC or diamond, two-dimensional materials ‘beyond graphene’, quantum dots in III-V semiconductors. The group has well-equipped laboratories for quantum optics and high-resolution laser spectroscopy of quantum emitters at room and cryogenic temperatures, radio-frequency control of electronic/nuclear spins as well the facilities for fabrication of novel optoelectronic / quantum photonic devices. The group collaborates with a number of research groups both academic and industrial, within HWU, the UK, and internationally.

The Quantum Photonics Laboratory seeks a talented and highly motivated scientist to undertake research focussing on spectroscopy of individual spin-active defects in SiC and control of their electronic and nuclear spins. Significant goals include the characterization of the optical/spin properties in different SiC polytypes, the investigation of optimized control of electronic and nuclear spins; their integration in SiC micro-electronic structures. It is expected that the project will lead to high impact scientific publications and technological development of integrated quantum spintronic devices for quantum networking. The project will be conducted within the framework of an EPSRC Early-Career Fellowship.

This position is available for 24 months.

You will have a good first degree and doctorate in materials science or physics. Candidates must have submitted their doctoral thesis before starting in post. You will also have a sound grasp of optics, solid-state physics, quantum mechanics, and nanofabrication techniques.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Cristian Bonato at

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