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Research Assistant / Research Fellow in Semiconductor Quantum Technologies

University of Sussex - Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Location: Sussex, Falmer
Salary: £32,982 to £44,263 per annum, pro rata if part time - Grade 6 Research Assistant / Grade 7 Research Fellow
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd March 2024
Closes: 22nd April 2024
Job Ref: 30341

The University of Sussex offers a fixed term position at the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies. Applications are invited both at the predoctoral (Research Assistant) and postdoctoral (Research Fellow) levels. This appointment offers excellent research opportunities in the rapidly developing field of semiconductor quantum technologies.

Our research is supported by recent grant awards from the Leverhulme Trust, focusing on the fundamental semiconductor and quantum physics, and the QuantERA European network award, aimed at building quantum memory devices for applications in quantum communications. This position offers plenty of opportunities for national and international collaborations. The specific project work is flexible, to be agreed with the project lead.

Semiconductor quantum dots hold great promise for the development of a new generation of quantum computing and communication devices. When trapped in a nanoscale volume of a quantum dot, the quantised magnetic (spin) state of the electron forms a qubit. The well-developed semiconductor technologies and the small size (nanometers) of the quantum dots offer pathways to large-scale integrated quantum circuits. Recent breakthroughs in semiconductor nanotechnology resulted in a new generation of quantum dots, where quantum information processing is possible not only with electron spin qubits but also with subatomic magnetic spin states of the crystal lattice nuclei. The large number of nuclear spin qubits, typically 10000 per individual quantum dot, offers a very large quantum Hilbert space. If harnessed, this system can offer vast quantum information processing resources. The aim of your work will be to address this challenge by exploring fundamental physics of quantum coherence and entanglement, as well as developing prototype quantum spin-qubit and quantum-memory devices. Further information about this research area can be found at the Semiconductor Spin Qubits webpage.

You will work in a laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for low-temperature spectroscopy in optical, microwave and radiofrequency domains. Typical duties include designing and conducting optically detected magnetic resonance experiments; analysing experimental data; performing numerical modelling; writing research papers and presenting results at national and international conferences.

A successful candidate is expected to have a degree in the relevant field of physics or engineering (Master’s degree or equivalent for Research Assistant, PhD or equivalent for Research Fellow).

Please contact Dr Evgeny Chekhovich (e.chekhovich@sussex.ac.uk) for informal enquiries.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

For full details and how to apply see our vacancies page

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Please note: The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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