Research Fellow in High Fidelity Trapped Ion Quantum Computing

University of Sussex

  • East of England
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  • Closing date 25 Jul 2019

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Post Title: Research Fellow in High Fidelity Trapped Ion Quantum Computing
School/department:  School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Hours: Full time
Contract: Fixed term initially 12 months, with possibility of extension to 3 years
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on:  HR to enter this date
Closing date: 25 July 2019.   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 01/09/2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in High Fidelity Trapped Ion Quantum Computing in the Ion Quantum Technology Group in the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies at the University of Sussex. The position is part of the European Quantum Technologies Flagship programme and the UK National Quantum Technologies programme.
Trapped ions are one of the most mature implementations to deliver practical quantum technologies. Recently we have developed a fundamentally different approach for trapped-ion quantum computing that uses voltages and microwave fields to implement quantum gate operations, instead of lasers. This new approach is based on individually-controlled voltages applied to each logic gate location, analogous to a traditional transistor architecture within a classical computer processor. 
We have already implemented the core ingredient for this new method, we demonstrated a two-qubit quantum gate producing a maximally entangled state with fidelity close to the fault-tolerant threshold. More details are available here.
This project focuses on further increasing the fidelity and speed of the quantum logic operations. Making use of our state-of-the-art microfabricated ion trap architectures, the project also includes the application of quantum gate operations to a larger number of ions to perform quantum algorithms.
Some of the typical tasks for this position include operation of high power microwave setups, laser systems, optical setups and ultra-high vacuum setups as well as carry out quantum information science experiments and perform simulations of quantum systems.
The successful applicant should have an experimental PhD in a field related to our research area such as atomic physics, optical physics or quantum physics along with a good publication record. The successful applicant is expected to actively engage in our research program, provide guidance to undergraduate and postgraduate students and to participate in the strategic planning of the group. The salary offered will be appropriate to the qualifications, standing and experience of the successful candidate.
You can find out more about the group at:
Some recent media coverage about the group’s work can be found here: Nature, Financial Times, PC Authority, BBC, Sky News Tonight With Dermot Murnaghan, VICE, and Daily Mail
For more information, please email
Prof Winfried Hensinger
Please include with your completed application form a CV, cover letter, the contact details of three referees and a list of relevant publications.

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