Lecturer in Theoretical Quantum Science
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Experimental Quantum Science
Closing date: 11:30pm, 20 September 2018
About the opportunity
Experimentalist: We invite applications for a continuing faculty position within the School of Physics in experimental quantum science. The successful applicant will establish a new research program in experimental quantum science on topics that align with and complement the research directions currently pursued by the Quantum Science research group at Sydney. In addition, the successful applicant will conduct teaching activities and supervise postgraduate research students in physics. Applications for initial appointment at either Lecturer or Senior Lecturer will be considered.
Theorist: We invite applications for a continuing faculty position within the School of Physics in theoretical quantum science. The successful applicant will establish a new research program in theoretical quantum science on topics that align with and complement the research directions currently pursued by the Quantum Science research group at Sydney. In addition, the successful applicant will conduct teaching activities and supervise postgraduate research students in physics.
About Quantum Science at the University of Sydney
Our quantum science research group is focussed on addressing the most challenging problems in quantum science, and on leveraging these insights to advance the development of quantum technologies. We have world-leading expertise in the areas of quantum computing, quantum control, and the quantum-classical interface. Our activities span theory and experiment, range from fundamental quantum information science through technology development, and incorporate atomic, optical and condensed matter systems.
Research in quantum science forms a core focus of the University of Sydney Nano Institute, a university-wide initiative to discover and harness new science at the nanoscale. Along with our central focus on world-class academic research, we have a complementary interest in engaging with key industrial partners and start-up companies. Our researchers are co-located with Microsoft Quantum Sydney, a partnership between the University and Microsoft Quantum Research to pursue quantum and cryogenic computing. In addition, Q-CTRL, a quantum-technology spinoff company funded by venture capital, has established a resident base of expertise in quantum control engineering and professional software development.
Our researchers in quantum science are active in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems,, and participate in several international research programs in Quantum Information Science sponsored by the US Army Research Office, IARPA, and other domestic and international activities.
The University of Sydney has established extensive infrastructure to support experimental research in quantum science. The Sydney Nanoscience Hub is a purpose-built building, with laboratories exhibiting state-of-the-art specifications for temperature stability, vibration, and electromagnetic interference mitigation. The building provides ample overhead for clean power, cooling water, and service reticulation.
The Research and Prototyping Foundry (RPF), an ISO 5 cleanroom housed in the Nanoscience Hub, offers electron beam lithography (Elionix F-125) as well as optical lithography (ASML I-line stepper) and mask production capabilities (Heidelberg). These tools are complemented by facilities for the deposition of dielectric materials and metals using ALD and UHV ebeam / sputtering deposition systems. Metrology tools include aberration-corrected TEM (FEI), FIB-SEM, AFM, and elipsometry. Co-located with the RPF is a cleanroom space dedicated to the research activities of Microsoft’s quantum and cryogenic computing effort. Facilities in the Microsoft space include a series of foundry-scale 8-inch robotic cluster tools for the deposition and etch of a vast array of dielectrics and metals to support the scale-up of quantum computing devices. Complementing these platforms are a suite of metrology and packaging tools that establish a complete end-to-end fabrication process line for advance quantum circuits. These facilities are operated by engineers that bring decades of industry know-how to the solve problems at the cutting edge of nanofabrication.
Across the quantum science research groups, infrastructure housed in these facilities include a suite of cryostats (7 dilution refrigerators with base temperature below 10 mK), extensive electrical test and measurement equipment that spans numerous microwave and radio frequencies sources, network, spectrum, and parameter analyzers, waveform generators, and cryogenic electronics. In the Quantum Control Laboratory, which performs experiments in quantum control, quantum simulation, and quantum computation using trapped atomic ions, the team currently runs several ion traps, as well as shared infrastructure for ultra-high-stability time and frequency references distributed throughout the Sydney Nanoscience Hub.