Research Associate

Job summary

We are seeking a theoretical Research Associate for 12 months in the first instance to work on the quantERA project - Theory-blind quantum control.

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00066
  • Date posted 16 January 2018
  • Closing date 15 February 2018

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking a theoretical Research Associate for 12 months in the first instance to work on the quantERA project - Theory-blind quantum control.

Duties and responsibilities

It is expected that the appointee will have experience in control theory, quantum optics and ideally also machine learning. The main task of the appointee is to develop optimal control of quantum systems based on experimental data only. Relevant aspects of this project will be the efficient experimental estimate of the information required for optimal control, the use of this data for the improvement of control, and the robustness of the to-be-developed techniques against experimental noise.

Essential requirements

Essential Criteria:
• The successful candidate should have a PhD or have an equivalent level of professional qualification in the area of theoretical quantum optics or control theory.
• A strong record of research experience in theoretical quantum optics, ideally including quantum information and quantum control
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively
• Ability to draft papers
• A knowledge of quantum Physics

Further information

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