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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Quantum Light and Matter

Durham University - Department of Physics

Location: Durham
Salary: £37,099 to £39,347
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st February 2024
Closes: 6th March 2024
Job Ref: 24000264

The Role

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available to pursue experimental research in the field of atomic and laser physics within the Durham Quantum Light and Matter group. The position is associated with a Frontier Research grant on “Quantum Simulation with Ultracold Polar Molecules'' funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The research builds upon our expertise in creating ultracold RbCs molecules in the rovibrational ground state and trapping them in optical tweezers. The post holder will work directly with Prof. Simon Cornish and other members of his research group within the Durham Quantum Light and Matter research section.

The goal of the research is to synthesise and study artificial quantum materials using ultracold RbCs molecules arranged in regular arrays to probe novel quantum phenomena in strongly interacting quantum systems. The use of molecules is motivated by their rich internal structure, combined with the existence of controllable long-range dipole-dipole interactions, long trap lifetimes and strong coupling to electric and microwave fields. The post holder will be expected to display the initiative and creativity, together with the appropriate skills and knowledge, required to work with Prof. Cornish to deliver the research goals. These include (1) the encoding synthetic dimensions in molecules confined in rotationally magic tweezers and (2) the demonstration of entangling gates between pairs of molecules confined in ! separate optical tweezers. The post holder is therefore expected to have experience and familiarity with the techniques used in the study of individual particles confined in optical tweezers, including the operation of magneto-optical traps, the trapping of single atoms, the use of spatial light modulators to create arbitrary trap arrays and dynamic rearrangement of particles using programmable acousto-optic deflectors. The post holder is expected to be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a small research team. It is expected that the post holder will enhance the international contacts of the group through the presentation of work at international conferences and exchange visits to collaborators connected with the project. The post holder will also be expected to aid in the supervision of graduate students within the group as well as contributing to the undergraduate teaching within the Department.

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