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Research Associate in Quantum Devices

Imperial College London - Department of Physics, Experimental Solid State Group

Location: London
Salary: £37,486 to £46,499 per annum*
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th June 2019
Closes: 23rd July 2019
Job Ref: NAT00488

South Kensington Campus

Fixed Term: Up to 23 months, commencing in August 2019

Summary of Post.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join our research team in the Experimental Solid State Group in the Department of Physics. This fixed term post is part of a programme of research aiming to build high-performance qubits by integrating low-dimensional semiconductors (III-V, V-VI, and carbon-based) with superconducting microwave circuits. In particular you will be expected to lead the design, fabrication, and measurement of superconducting transmon qubits with semiconductor Josephson junctions.

Duties and responsibilities:

The post holder will contribute to independent and original research within the Experimental Solid State Physics Group, submit publications to refereed journals and assist with the administration of the Research Group. You will be self-motivated and be able to work alongside and aid MSc and PhD students. International collaborations with other groups working on materials synthesis and nanofabrication is an important aspect of this project.

Essential requirements:

You will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Physical Sciences or a closely related discipline.

It is essential to the project that you are able to demonstrate:

  • Experience with computer-aided design of electronic devices and general cleanroom processing techniques (electron beam- and photo-lithography, wet chemical processing, and thin-film deposition).
  • A practical working knowledge of low-temperature DC and high-frequency/microwave measurements, and instrument control using common programming languages such as Python and Matlab.
  • Evidence of promise and originality in research, demonstrated by a publication record commensurate with your career stage
  • Familiarity with superconducting qubits and circuits and/or III-V and V-VI semiconductor nanodevices
  • Experience with operation and basic maintenance of cryogen-free dilution refrigerators

Experience in the following areas is desirable:

  • Low temperature scanning probe techniques
  • Topological superconductivity and Josephson junction physics
  • Quantum control techniques and few-qubit processors

Further information

More information about the Department of Physics, the Experimental Solid State Physics and the staff benefits that we offer can be found on our webpages.

This post is available for up to 23 months, commencing in August 2019

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £34,397 - £37,486 per annum.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr. Malcolm Connolly, email:

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Mrs Juraci Didone, Section Administrator, email:

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The Department of Physics is an IoP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

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