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Research Associate in Quantum Information

Imperial College London - Department of Physics

Location: London
Salary: £45,593 to £53,630
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th February 2024
Closes: 20th March 2024
Job Ref: NAT01662
 

The post is funded by the EPSRC grant “Distributed Quantum Computing” and the postholder will be part of the project team and contribute to its workplan.

This project brings together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers across a range of disciplines from Quantum Computing (QC) and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to tackle the timely challenge of the design and efficient use of networked clusters of quantum devices for distributed quantum information processing (DQIP). The successful candidate will work on the optical interconnect layer of this project, which focuses on the encoding and efficient transmission of quantum information in photonic systems to transmit across a quantum network.

The successful candidate will work in the Photonic Quantum Information group led Prof Ian Walmsley, in particular in the quantum memories section led by Dr. Sarah Thomas, and will focus on the development of quantum memories for applications in quantum networks. We develop alkali-atom-ensemble-based quantum optical memories that offer noise-free GHz-bandwidth storage and active retrieval of quantum states of light. We will work on novel means for increasing the efficiency and maximizing the storage time of a photonic quantum memory for the telecom C band that can directly store quantum optical states. We will also explore the use of atomic-ensemble based quantum memories in all-optical neural networks, to enable enhanced capabilities of the processing nodes of future quantum networks.

Essential criteria:

  • Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Quantum Optics or a closely related subject
  • Proven research experience in experimental quantum optics
  • Strong record of research delivery and some record of publication in the above or cognate fields, commensurate with experience

Desirable criteria:

  • Experimental and theoretical knowledge of optical quantum memories
  • Experience in pulsed lasers, diode lasers, and laser modulation
  • Knowledge of neural networks
  • Experience in operating single-photon sources (SPDC, quantum dots, etc.)

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Sarah Thomas, s.thomas14@imperial.ac.uk

Should you have queries regarding the application process please contact Judith Baylis, j.baylis@imperial.ac.uk

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