Research Associate in Quantum Technology

Job summary

Research and develop spin-defect materials (e.g. nitrogen-vacancy centres in diamond and silicon-vacancy centres in silicon carbide) for applications in maser devices and other quantum technologies. This will involve characterisation of spin-defects in diamond and related materials using pulsed optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and fluorescence spectroscopy. The project will take place as part...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01844
  • Date posted 18 August 2021
  • Closing date 20 September 2021

Job description

Job summary

Research and develop spin-defect materials (e.g. nitrogen-vacancy centres in diamond and silicon-vacancy centres in silicon carbide) for applications in maser devices and other quantum technologies. This will involve characterisation of spin-defects in diamond and related materials using pulsed optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and fluorescence spectroscopy. The project will take place as part of a long-standing collaboration with the University of Manchester and the University of Leeds and will ideally suit an applicant with strong theoretical, experimental and computational skills.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities include:

  • To develop optical & microwave experiments for characterisation of quantum properties of spin-defects.
  • To characterise spin-defects in diamond and related materials using pulsed optically-detected magnetic resonance (ODMR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and fluorescence spectroscopy.
  • To design, fabricate and characterise diamond maser devices and experiments.
  • To carry out simulations and experiments characterising how interactions between spin-defects and nuclear spins might be used as part of a quantum memory.
  • Proven experience of programming instrumentation.
  • To take initiative in the planning of research.
  • To conduct data analysis and ensure validity of data at all times.
  • To plan and carry out research in accordance with the project aims.
  • To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination.
  • To prepare material for presentation in oral and poster formats
  • To provide guidance to staff and students.
  • To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary.
  • To develop contacts and research collaborations within the College and the wider community.
  • To promote the reputation of the Group, the Departments and the College.
  • To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • For Research Associate hold a PhD* (or equivalent) in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials or Physical Chemistry
  • For Research Assistant Near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials or Physical Chemistry¬†
    *Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694- £39,888per annum.
  • Microwave electronics and device engineering
  • Pulsed Optically-Detected Magnetic Resonance (ODMR) spectroscopy
  • Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy (pulsed)
  • Programming in Python (preferably) or C++/Matlab/Julia
  • Optical experimentation

Further information

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (d.khan@imperial.ac.uk).

Should you have any queries regarding the post, please contact, Dr Daan Arroo (d.arroo14@imperial.ac.uk).

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Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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