Research Assistant / Associate in Investigating Optically Active Quantum Dots for Quantum Networks

University of Cambridge Department of Physics

United Kingdom

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position investigating optically active quantum dots for quantum networks at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge). In particular, the project aims to develop a Solid-State Quantum Memory using Nuclear Spins and to generate Photonic Cluster States in order to address two key elements of developing efficient quantum networks.

The successful candidate will be part of the European Union FET-Open research consortium QLUSTER and will join the Atomic, Mesoscopic and Optical Physics (AMOP) research group to work with Prof Mete Atature and Dr Claire Le Gall. The group's research focuses on quantum science and applications using solid-state light-matter interfaces. In particular, the research themes are Spin-based Quantum Networks, Quantum Sensing in the Nanoscale and Novel Materials for Quantum Devices. The physical systems currently investigated include semiconductor quantum dots, colour centres in diamond and atomically thin layered materials.

For this post, we are looking for an experimental quantum and/or nanoscale optics expert with a PhD in Physics or Applied Physics. Experience in atomic or solid-state systems is also essential. Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD at the time of appointment, he/she will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of his/her PhD).

Successful candidates who have not been awarded their PhD by the appointment date will be appointed as a Research Assistant at Grade 5 (£26,715 to £30,942 per annum). Upon award of the PhD the individual will be promoted to Research Associate, Grade 7 (£32,816 to £40,322 per annum).

The application closing date is 30th September 2020. Applications will be reviewed after the closing date and interviews (in-person or virtual) will be conducted in early October. The candidate would ideally start on November 1st 2020, but a delay until 1st February 2021 can be negotiable.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance and can be extended for an additional year.

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Informal enquiries can be addressed via email to Prof Mete Atature ( Please quote reference (KA23712) on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. For more information about the group, please visit

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