Research Assistant / Associate in Many-body Quantum Dynamics

University of Cambridge Department of Physics

United Kingdom

The Many-body Quantum Dynamics Group, led by Dr Ulrich Schneider, of the Department of Physics, invites applications for two postdoctoral positions on experimental studies of many-body dynamics using ultracold atomic gases and optical lattices.

More information on our research can be found at: In addition to our main experiments on Quantum Simulations in Optical Quasicrystals and a Kagome Quantum Gas Microscope, we are also starting a new activity on Atom Interferometry for detecting dark matter and gravitational waves.

Current Postdoc opportunities include fundamental many-body physics at the Kagome Quantum Gas Microscope, atom interferometry, or being part of the UK Quantum Technology Hub and developing schemes for local control and addressing of lattice based quantum simulators.

We are looking for an experimental quantum-optics/cold-atoms expert with (or being close to completing) a PhD in physics or a related area. Specific experience with ultracold atoms, optical lattices or other synthetic many-body systems is advantageous. Knowledge of the theory of many-body physics and condensed matter physics is helpful.

You will design and carry out experimental investigations together with a team of PhD and undergraduate students. In addition, you will communicate research findings through publications, talks, or lectures, contribute to the infrastructure of the research group, and assist with the training of students.

Appointment as a Research Associate is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded. The Research Assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range £26,715 to £30,942. The Research Associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £32,816 to £40,322.

While the position is available immediately, the anticipated starting date is in Spring 2021 and can be negotiated.

Further information on the scientific details may be obtained from: Dr Ulrich Schneider ( Administrative inquiries should be addressed to: .

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and a list of publications in the Upload section of the online application. The closing date for applications is 3rd January 2021, and interviews are planned for the second half of January.

Please quote reference KA24806 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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