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Research Fellow in Spin-based Quantum Sensing

UCL - London Centre for Nanotechnology

Location: London
Salary: £36,770 to £44,388 per annum including London Allowance, inclusive of London Allowance (grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th November 2021
Closes: 30th November 2021
Job Ref: 1879757
 

Interview Date: TBC

The post is funded for 24 months in the first instance.

The Quantum Spin Dynamics group at UCL, led by Prof John Morton, is inviting applications for a research fellow position in spin-based quantum sensing, as part of an ERC Consolidator Grant entitled LOQO-MOTIONS. The aim of the post will be to work on applying methods for advanced coherent control of single and multiple spins to near-surface optically addressable defects, including those within atomic-force microscope tips.

The project will make use of a new laboratory with an Attocube instrument possessing an atomic force microscope / confocal microscope (AFM/CFM), combined with a 1/1/1T vector magnet and closed cycle cryostat (base temperature 1.8K), as well as superconducting single photon detectors. There will be several opportunities to participate in international collaborations.

Duties and responsibilities:

Use fluorescence microscopy combined with electron and nuclear spin resonance to characterise and coherently control spins in a range of materials, down to the single spin level.

Use near-surface optically-readable defect spins in materials such as diamond to perform quantum sensing experiments on a range of materials, and optimise the sensitivity.

Specify, procure, commission and maintain instruments, fabrication tools, cryostats and magnets.

Prepare progress reports on research for funding bodies as required.

Prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

Prepare invention disclosures.

Prepare presentations, including text and images, for delivery by self as well as others.

Contribute to the smooth running of the optical laboratory, including cryostats, lasers, detectors and spectrometer.

Carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by Prof Morton.

Actively follow UCL policies including Equal Opportunities and Race Equality policies.

Maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health and Safety Regulations.

Essential skills and experience:

A PhD in Engineering, Physics or a related discipline is required. For completing PhD students, it may be sufficient to have submitted the PhD thesis by the time of taking up the appointment, subject to the approval of the appointment panel.

Expertise in fluorescence microscopy of single spins Understanding of the principles of quantum sensing Excellent IT skills, including computational software such as python Good oral, written and presentation skills Ability to work collaboratively as part of team

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B £32,217-£33,958 including London Allowance with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis per annum including London Allowance

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

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Denise Ottley, d.ottley@ucl.ac.uk, at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, or 17-19 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH, for advice.

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Professor John Morton (jjl.morton@ucl.ac.uk)

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

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