Postdoc positions available

The Quantum Machines Unit is seeking applicants 

The Quantum Machines Unit is a newly established research Unit which focuses on the theory and experimental development of quantum machines. This includes a wide range of quantum devices ranging from quantum assisted sensors, e.g. gravimeters and magnetometers, through to quantum interconnects (connecting up static and flying quantum information), and quantum memories. We have the following positions immediately available:

Quantum Magneto-Mechanical Systems [Experiment]

Magnetic levitation of quantum systems has the potential to exhibit extremely low noise. Optical trapping requires intense laser powers while magnetic trapping can be achieved using static DC magnetic fields. We have developed theory and performed experimental demonstrations of magnetic trapping and cooling of quantum systems. When trapped in ultra-high-vacuums the trapped particle has a motional Quality factor similar to that of the best optical cavities. Cooling the motion of such a magnetically levitated system to microKelvin and below is a route towards generating macroscopic quantum superpositions, but care is required to isolate the motion against decoherence and noise. This project will work towards exploring the new opportunities made available in the quantum engineering of magnetically levitated quantum systems.

Applicants with suitable expertise include backgrounds in: experimental cryogenics, vacuum physics, electronics, signal processing, fabrication and related

Refs: 10.1063/1.506606510.1103/PhysRevB.97.024109

Quantum Sensors [Theory]

An integral part of any machine are sensors. Precision sensing has transformed our lives, from using CAT/MRI scanners in our hospitals, through to sensors which monitors local acceleration which can provide GPS-less navigation through to mapping out gravitational fields - a task useful to monitoring underground movements of water etc. Quantum sensors for detecting either magnetic, electric or inertial forces typically bring together a variety of quantum systems including mechanical, spin, photonic, or solid-state. Of particular interest are sensors

  • which make use of highly entangled quantum states
  • which are engineered to be robust against noise
  • which make use of nonlinear systems
  • which make use of massive quantum systems and thus can explore the effect of gravity and quantum mechanics

Applicants with suitable expertise include backgrounds in: quantum optics, atom optics, optomechanical systems, sueprconducting quantum optics and related.

Refs: 10.1103/PhysRevA.97.05231510.1103/PhysRevA.97.05230310.1103/PhysRevB.94.205118

Levitated Quantum Machines [Theory]

A new vista for the engineering of quantum machines is opening up with the development of levitated macroscopic quantum systems. By trapping and cooling the motion of small nano-particles using either optical or magnetic forces, in ultra-high-vacuum, opens up the possibility to prepare macroscopic quantum states of motion. This is the famous Schrodinger Cat - where the nano-particle's position is put in a quantum superposition. Such a machine has the potential to not only act as an exquisite sensor but could also allow us to explore the role between gravity and quantum mechanics - e,g, what role do gravitational interactions play in a spatially extended massive quantum system? Since 2012 we have developed magnetic levitation of quantum systems as an alternative to optical trapping and this project will apply magnetic levitation towards the construction of Schrodinger kittens/cats to probe the fundamental nature of the quantum world and as ultra-precise sensors.

Applicants with suitable expertise include backgrounds in: quantum optics, levitated systems, optomechanics, magnetic and electrical engineering, noise anlaysis, superconducting quantum systems  and related. 

Refs: 10.1103/PhysRevB.97.02410910.1038/srep3749510.1103/PhysRevLett.109.147206

Robust Quantum Machines [Theory]

Quantum Machines will need to operate in the presence of noise, both random and systematic. There are many paradigms for dealing with noise raning from quantum error correction through to feedback control. Sensing noise, both theoretically and experimentally, is also a crucial step towards engineering the quantum machine to be robust. We are interested in developing quantum machines that develop large scale entanglement or quantum machines for quantum sensing, which can operate in a robust fashion and, in particular, in dirty environments outside the laboratory setting. 

Applicants with suitable expertise include backgrounds in: theory of quantum optics, solid state quantum devices, quantum error correction/suppression, quantum feedback theory, quantum control theory.   


The Quantum Machines Unit will be based in the newly opened Lab 4 in OIST. To get more information about the Quantum Machines Unit and the above positions
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To apply, read the job advertisement on the OIST Careers page:
Postdoctoral Scholar Positions in Quantum Machines Unit