Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Experimental Quantum

Sydney, Australia
11 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Apr 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Salary Package: Level A Step 6 (PhD) From 91,991 to 98,588 p.a., plus 17% employer’s Superannuation
  • Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term for 2 years
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

We are seeking an outstanding candidate with a PhD in experimental mesoscopic quantum optics with experience in solid-state spectroscopy, including resonant reflection spectroscopy of single solid-state quantum emitters and photon autocorrelation measurements. The candidate should have a profound understanding of excitonic systems and a strong background in the theoretical concepts underlying quantum optics. Besides a balanced skillset in hands-on optics experiments, the candidate ideally should have experience with experiment automation, with the preferred programming language being Python. The QMAPP team recently demonstrated the emergence of quantum correlations from fiber-cavity polaritons (Nature Materials 18, 213–218 (2019)), a result that opens the door to the novel field of quantum polaritonics. The candidate will work on scaling up the single cavity system to a coupled cavity system with a small number of cavities. At the same time, the idea is to explore novel materials as non-linear medium for creating single-photon nonlinearities. Such candidate materials could be single-layer TMDs. Experience with both GaAs based systems (such as quantum dots or quantum wells) in combination with single layer TMDs is definitely a plus.

About Us

The MQ Department of Physics and Astronomy has three main research areas: Photonics including Biophotonics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Quantum Physics. In the Australian Government's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative, Quantum Physics research at Macquarie received a perfect ranking of 5 in all rounds to date. Macquarie University also hosts a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems. In terms of staff numbers, research outputs and postgraduate student numbers the Department has undergone rapid expansion over the last 10 years. It provides a nurturing and stimulating environment for early career researchers, with excellent facilities, regular seminars and colloquia, and internationally recognised researchers and supervisors.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV, the names and contact details of at least two references, and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria.


  • Postgraduate qualifications (PhD level or equivalent) in Experimental Physics.
  • Strong background in quantum optics and exciton physics.
  • Strong track record in experiments with excitonic quantum emitters systems.
  • Experience with GaAs and TMD-based excitonic systems is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to research both collaboratively and independently.
  • High-level English proficiency.
  • High-level communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in supervising postgraduate students is considered favourably.

Role Enquires: A/Prof Thomas Volz at

General Enquiries: Anne Kumanan, HR Officer via e-mail

Application close: Sunday 28th April 2019 at 11:55 pm (AEST)

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