Engineered Quantum Systems Research Fellow in Quantum Error Correction

Sydney, Australia
01 Apr 2020
End of advertisement period
03 May 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems

School of Physics

Faculty of Science

  • Opportunity to join the ARC Centre of Engineered conduct theoretical research and develop findings in quantum error correction
  • Located on the Camperdown Campus, join the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, here at the University of Sydney
  • Full-time 4 years fixed term with a base salary of $106K – $126K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney is welcoming applications for an EQUS Research Fellow in Quantum Error Correction to join the School of Physics at the Sydney CBD campus. Working within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, the successful applicant will undertake research in theoretical approaches to quantum error correction, in directions that align with those currently pursued by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) and the quantum research group at Sydney.

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) will build sophisticated quantum machines to harness the quantum world for practical applications. Our Centre will pioneer the designer quantum materials, quantum engines, and quantum imaging systems at the heart of these machines. We will solve the most challenging research problems at the interface of basic quantum physics and engineering, and work with partners in industry to translate these research discoveries into practical applications and devices. Our capacity building programs will train a new generation of scientists in cutting-edge fundamental research, innovation, and entrepreneurialism, and ultimately have a major impact on Australia’s high-tech economy. In developing quantum technologies for the future health, economy, environment and security of Australian society, we will move beyond the lab towards practical prototypes and commercial applications, including material simulators, diagnostic technologies and geosurvey tools.

We will collaborate with Australian SMEs and leading tech companies and train a new generation of STEM researchers with a culture of innovation and translation. Our Centre builds on seven years of previous funding through the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence scheme. From 2011-2017, our first centre carved out a niche among the world's top players. That position will allow us to compete in the next phase of research and technological transformation as quantum machines and systems begin to emerge. In our second-generation centre (2018-2024), our researchers work across 5 university nodes which includes The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney, Macquarie University, The University of Western Australia and The Australian National University.

Information about the Centre may be accessed on the Centre’s website at

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 an EQUS Research Fellow who:

  • has a PhD in Physics (or closely related discipline) with significant published results in the field of engineered quantum systems
  • is experience in conducting theoretical research in quantum error correction with an outstanding track-record relative to opportunity
  • can lead independent research programs in theoretical quantum error correction
  • can engage with industry, government, or other external non-academic partners.

About us

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading Physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. Our 114 academic staff and 157 postgraduate students conduct research across a vast range of interests from nanoparticles to clusters of galaxies and from theoretical modelling to laboratory experiments. With the support of 20+ professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Physics teaches to a cohort of approximately 274 equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) undergraduate students. With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally, the School of Physics is the premier environment for physics education and research. The School of Physics is committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity. We want to create an environment where individuality is welcomed and celebrated. We are continuously working to identify and remove biases and barriers in an effort to make our workplace open, supportive and safe for everyone.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth.We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 581/0320F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Sunday 3 May 2020 (Sydney Time)

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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