Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Noise Resilient Quantum Simulations

Sydney, Australia
27 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
27 Oct 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Salary Package: Level A, Step 6 (PhD or nearly completed) From $91,991 - $98,588 p.a., plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term up to 23 months with potential for extension
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

We are seeking a suitably qualified postdoctoral fellow to be part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS) project team within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University.

The successful candidate will conduct independent research and work with the group of Professor Gavin Brennen on the topic of Noise Resilient Quantum Simulations. The project will include work on: non-unitary quantum cellular automata, and multi-scale holographic quantum simulations. The theory will include quantum control of discrete and continuous variable systems with an eye for NISC era and beyond simulations in systems such as trapped atoms, photonic networks, and superconducting arrays.

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 (EQuS). EQuS has a vision "to conduct world-leading research to exploit the potential of quantum science and develop a range of transformational technologies that will benefit society". To find out more about EQuS and our research, click here

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.

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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 physics or a relevant discipline.
  • Proven record of research in quantum information theory, especially in quantum simulation and computation as demonstrated by international reputation, research publications and presentations, external research grants, or other relevant indicators.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research collaboratively and independently.
  • High-level communication, inter-personal, and communication skills.
  • Experience in supervising postgraduate students is considered favourably

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Gavin Brennen at (please use the subject line QSimsPostDoc)

General Recruitment Enquiries: Anne Kumanan, HR Officer at or +61 2 9850 9745

Applications Close: Sunday 27th October 2019 at 11:55 pm

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