Research Associate, Optimal Control of Trapped Ions (Experimental)

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Company: Imperial College London

Department: Quantum Optics and Laser Science Group

Salary: £36,800 to £44,220 per annum*

Hours: Full Time

Contract type: Fixed-Term/Contract

Type / Role: Academic or Research

Phone: +44-1461 6280303

Fax: +44-1363 2442504

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Detail information about job Research Associate, Optimal Control of Trapped Ions (Experimental). Terms and conditions vacancy

Department/Division/Faculty: Department of Physics

Campus: South Kensington Campus

Fixed term: 12 months in the first instance, starting as soon as possible

We are seeking an experimental Research Associate for 12 months in the first instance to work on the EPSRC Grant Project “Optimal Control for Robust Ion Trap Quantum Logic”. The goal of the project is to develop optimal control of coherent operations on trapped ions in the presence of experimental noise, and to evaluate their performance in the laboratory. This project is part of a close collaboration between experiment and theory, led by Professor Richard Thompson and Dr Florian Mintert. This position is one of two funded by the grant (one theory, one experiment). Please see NS2017151NT for details of the related theoretical position.

It is expected that the appointee to the experimental position will have experience with trapped ions, ideally in the area of quantum information. The appointee will be responsible for building a new RF trap system for calcium ions using diode lasers for laser cooling. A highly stable laser at 729 nm will be developed for addressing the qubit transition. This system will be used for evaluation and improvement of the theoretically-developed optimal control procedures, moving into the regime of large Lamb-Dicke parameters. In the initial stage of the project, our existing Penning trap system will also be used for the assessment of control techniques.

The successful candidate must have a PhD or have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and/or work experience in the area of experimental quantum optics, ideally in the area of laser cooling and ion trapping. They will also have a strong record of research experience in the fields of: experimental ion trapping (ideally including laser cooling and quantum control) and laser development and stabilisation. The successful candidate will have experience of working with trapped ions, ideally in the area of quantum information. Knowledge of Quantum Physics, and experience in computer control and analysis of experimental data, are also essential.

More information about the research project can be found at: or by email to Richard Thompson ([email protected]) or Florian Mintert ([email protected]).

Our preferred method of application is online via our website: (Please select “Job Search”, then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS2017140NT into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV and a list of publications, and the names of three referees.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Judith Baylis, Senior Group Administrator, Tel: +44 (0)207 594 7713; Email: [email protected]

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

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Closing Date: 21 September 2017 (Midnight BST)

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