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Research Associate in Atom Interferometry

Imperial College London - Centre for Cold Matter, Quantum Optics & Laser Science Group

Location: London
Salary: £41,593 to £49,210 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd September 2021
Closes: 22nd October 2021
Job Ref: NAT01006

Centre for Cold Matter, Quantum Optics & Laser Science Group, Department of Physics

Campus: South Kensington Campus


Applications are invited for a Research Associate position available within the Centre for Cold Matter, a part of the Quantum Optics and Laser Science Group (QOLS Group).

The successful candidate will work closely with our industrial partner M Squared primarily at our shared innovation lab in East London, to carry out research developing transportable quantum technologies and help deployment and testing in the field.

Duties and responsibilities

You will contribute to the production of independent and original research within the Centre for Cold Matter, submit publications to refereed journals and help with the administration of the research group/s. You will carry out research into developing new sensing devices using cold atoms. This project will involve a high degree of teamwork and interdisciplinary research work deploying these emerging technologies in the field.

Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD in Experimental Physics or have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience in a closely related discipline.

In addition to above, you must also be able to demonstrate all the following essential criteria:

  • Experience with instruments using cold atoms.
  • A strong background in optical systems engineering.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

In addition, knowledge and experience in the following areas would be advantageous:

  • Experience of instrumentation for devices using atoms and lasers.
  • Experience in simulation and data analysis.
  • A strong background in the construction of new apparatus.
  • Experience with data acquisition hardware and software.

Further information

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 – £39,888 per annum.

The position is available for a fixed period of 12 months from 1st November 2021.

Applications can be made online via our website. Please go to and search for NAT01006.

Closing Date: 22 October 2021 (Midnight BST)

More information about the Department of Physics, the Quantum Optics and Laser Science Group and the staff benefits that we offer can be found on our webpages.

Queries relating to the application process should be directed to Ms Sanja Maričić, CCM Operations Manager, email:

For more information about the research project, please contact Dr Joseph Cotter, email:

For technical issues when applying online, please contact:

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

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