Postdoctoral Research Associate, Engineered Quantum Systems

Sydney, Australia
AU$95,000 - AU$105,000 per annum + Super
Thursday, 2 September 2021
End of advertisement period
Monday, 4 October 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to contribute to the research focused on quantum simulation and sensing using trapped ions
  • Located on the Camperdown Campus in the Sydney Nanoscience Hub - a purpose-built laboratory facility for quantum science. Join a community of world-class scientists
  • Full time, Level A fixed term 12 months offering a base salary of $95K - $105K p.a., and generous employer's contribution to superannuation

About the Opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate for projects focused on quantum simulation and sensing using large crystals of trapped ions.

The Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney is focused on studies of quantum control, metrology, and quantum simulation using trapped ions. The lab is a part of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS), a collaboration of five major Australian universities focused on fundamental and applied research in quantum physics and engineering. Furthermore, the University is part of the newly founded Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA). Candidates will also have the opportunity to collaborate with external partners supported by major international projects. Details of recent publications and ongoing research projects are available here:

This project focuses on leveraging our ability to trap and control large ion crystals in order to facilitate new studies of strongly correlated quantum materials and ultra-sensitive electric field detection for tests of fundamental physics.

Candidates will have the opportunity to contribute broadly to the group and:

  • study of exotic phenomena in quantum magnetism and quantum many-body physics
  • develop new modes of operation and measurement in order to employ quantum technology for tests of fundamental physics
  • explore new techniques in the control and measurement of strongly interacting multidimensional quantum systems, leveraging insights from the fields of quantum physics and atomic physics.
  • build and test novel laser systems to expand the functionality of 2D and 3D trapped-ion systems, including the development of novel approaches to laser cooling and the engineering of multibody interactions.

Primary responsibilities for the candidate will include conducting experimental measurements, developing new hardware for system enhancement, exploring new applications of trapped ions, mentoring postgraduate and undergraduate students, and providing day-to-day oversight of laboratory projects and students.

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About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (EQUS) who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in Physics or equivalent in a relevant field
  • proven ability to lead projects as part of a small team, and deliver major research outcomes
  • evidence of proficiency at oral and written communication
  • experience in one or more of the following experimental areas: ion trapping, atomic physics, precision metrology using atomic and optical systems, experimental quantum simulation, quantum-enhanced sensing with trapped ions
  • evidence of independent contributions to scientific or technical outcomes.

To be eligible for this role you must:

Demonstrate your experience in one or more of the following experimental areas:

  • ion trapping,
  • atomic physics,
  • precision metrology using atomic and optical systems,
  • quantum simulation,
  • quantum-enhanced sensing with trapped ions

Describe your experience developing and/or leading research projects to successful completion.

Please outline your relevant skills and experience in your cover letter and attach to your online application.


Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

How to Apply

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The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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