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Research Fellow in Quantum Condensed Matter Systems

UCL - UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £36,770 to £44,388 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance (grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd September 2021
Closes: 18th October 2021
Job Ref: 1877956

Interview Date: TBC

We wish to recruit a Research Fellow to work on the UKRI funded project. The major objective of the project is to investigate new quantum phenomena in low-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures and exploiting them for possible future quantum technologies. We are looking for an enthusiastic researcher to take a proactive role in performing research activities on this project. 

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to develop expertise in a specialised field of experimental quantum condensed matter physics by investigating new phenomena and taking part in group activities towards delivering objectives of the project. The post holder will have full access to research infrastructure comprising state-of-the-art equipment in nanofabrication, ultra-low temperature cryostats and measurement electronics. In addition, the post holder will have access to a variety of training programmes for career development exclusively available to UCL staff.

The major research activities of this post will be the investigation of the influence of the electron interaction on electron transport in semiconductor nanostructures at ultra-low temperature and high magnetic field; determine applicability of results to new schemes of quantum computation and technologies in which decoherence is largely eliminated and to prepare samples by advanced fabrication techniques in a cleanroom environment. The postholder will be required to regularly communicate and work in close collaboration with the post supervisor and national and international collaborators and report experimental results in consultation with their line manager in national and international conferences. In addition they will be expected to take a proactive approach to supervising  undergraduate, postgraduate and research students.

The position is available from 1st November 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter until the 30th April 2023 in the first instance. Further funding to support the post may be available.

Applicants should have (or be about to submit) a PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering or a related field. In addition applicants should also have experience of advanced semiconductor device fabrication in a cleanroom environment and handling of cryogenics and low-temperature high magnetic field equipment. The successful candidate should have a proven track record of publications in leading scientific journals and understand  quantum effects in solids and semiconductors. The ability to present technical information effectively to a range of audiences is desirable.

If the successful candidate has not yet been awarded their PhD, appointment will be made as a Research Assistant (Grade 6B). Payment at Grade 7 will be backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis including corrections, once the PhD has been awarded. The salary scale for Research Assistant (Grade 6B), point 24-26 is £32,217- £33,958 per annum.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries about  the post to Dr Sanjeev Kumar: + 44 (0)20 7679 7758 |

Any queries regrading the application process can be sent to Vicky Coombes at

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