Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Fellow in Quantum Theory

Location
Sydney, Australia
Posted
23 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Sep 2017
Ref
1676/0817
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Quantum Science Research Group

School of Physics

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Become an integral part of one of the world’s leading research and teaching Physics Schools
  • Full time, 2 years fixed term. Remuneration: $107K - $143K p.a, which includes base salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation. Some assistance towards relocation costs and visa sponsorship may be available for the successful appointee(s) if applicable.

About the opportunity 

The Quantum Science Group in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney undertakes experimental and theoretical research in quantum science with the aim of learning how to engineer and manipulate complex quantum systems. This incorporates work aimed at addressing challenges at both the hardware and software levels.

At this time, a variety of technology platforms have demonstrated quantum coherent phenomena. Our experimental research efforts focus on two proven systems: spins in semiconductors and trapped atomic ions. These efforts, while distinct, share complementary control techniques and are unified by platform-independent theoretical research in support of the group’s broad interests in quantum science.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence.

Applications are invited for the appointment to the position(s) at Research Associate level/ Research Fellow level in Quantum Information Theory at the Quantum Science Research Group, School of Physics. Our theory group leads core research projects in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS), as well as the Army Research Office (ARO), USA, and is a joint research collaboration between Professor Stephen Bartlett, Professor Andrew Doherty, and Associate Professor Steven Flammia.

We require up to two postdoctoral theorists to undertake research in quantum information theory and/or quantum many-body physics, on topics that align with the research directions currently pursued by the theory group.  

Please indicate the level you wish to be considered for: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A) or Research Fellow (Level B).

To be considered at Level A applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

Essential Criteria:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in Physics or a related discipline;
  • demonstrated capacity to conduct theoretical research in quantum information theory or quantum many-body physics and work in a team environment;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills. 

Desirable criteria include:

  • a background in quantum information theory, quantum many-body physics or related areas;
  • a track record of having conducted research independently;
  • a background in quantum information theory as applied to quantum many body systems and spin lattices.

In addition to the criteria for A, the below is in addition for the criteria for Level B

Essential Criteria:

  • a strong background in quantum information theory or related areas;
  • a track record of having conducted research independently;

Desirable criteria include:

  • demonstrated capacity to co-supervise research students on projects in this area, with assistance and mentoring from senior academic staff
  • a track record of performing research in quantum information theory as applied to quantum many body systems and spin lattices.

In addition, please provide two reference letters only to support your application. Please direct your referees to quantum.administration@sydney.edu.au (show job reference number in email title) to submit their reference. 

The position(s) are fixed term for two years, subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period for new appointees. Further offer of up to one year may be available subject to funding and performance.

About us

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 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 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.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack 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 sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11.30pm 17 September 2017 (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.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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