Postdoctoral Research Associate, Engineered Quantum Systems

Sydney, Australia
$97,043 p.a. - $100,717 p.a. + 17% superannuation
27 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
27 Oct 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time 12 months fixed term employment, located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Physics
  • Opportunity to contribute to the research focused on quantum simulation and sensing using trapped ions in the Sydney Nanoscience Hub - a purpose-built laboratory facility for quantum science. Join a community of world-class scientists
  • Base Salary Level A $97,043 p.a. - $100,717 p.a. + 17% 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.

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.

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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.

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Pre-employment checks

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EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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.

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