Research Associate in Experimental Quantum Photonics

Research Associate in Experimental Quantum Photonics

Heriot-Watt University - Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

About our Team

This is a three-year postdoctoral position in the Beyond Binary Quantum Information research group led by Dr Mehul Malik at the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences (IPAQS) at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. The BBQ research group is a small, vibrant team of researchers working at the interface of quantum information theory and experiment, with a specific focus on exploring high-dimensional quantum photonic systems and applying them for enhancing modern quantum technologies.

Detailed Description

You will be involved in cutting-edge research projects focusing on the study of quantum systems significantly beyond the qubit regime. Your research will aim at gaining exquisite control over the spatial and temporal structure of light, with the ultimate goal of pushing the information and noise limits of quantum information technologies. You will play an integral part in projects ranging from robust new tests of Quantum Mechanics to noise-resilient entanglement-based quantum communication, to name just a few.

This is a role with a significant amount of responsibility. It will involve overseeing all aspects of our group’s research—from supervising the activities of junior group members, to contributing to the planning and writing of external grant proposals. There is plenty of flexibility for pursuing your own research agenda as long as it is aligned with lab activities. You will have a strong support network for the development your own career through independent grant/fellowship applications. A willingness and ability to travel globally would be an advantage.

Key duties and responsibilities

We are looking for a creative and driven researcher who is extremely passionate about research. You should hold (or have submitted) a PhD in Physics or subjects related to Quantum Information or Quantum Engineering, and have experience planning and leading experiments within an experimental photonics lab. A solid background in theoretical quantum information science is essential and experimental experience with photonic entanglement, spatial/temporal mode manipulation, and/or complex scattering media is preferred. In addition to the above, the candidate will be expected to:

  • Conduct individual and collaborative research projects while making use of relevant research techniques and methods. Use initiative and creativity to identify exciting directions for research, develop new research methods, and extend the research portfolio.
  • Supervise the activities of junior group members and PhD students, while assisting in the development of student knowledge and research skills. Ensure continuity of experimental techniques and methodology developed in the group.
  • Disseminate results of research through high-quality publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations. Significant financial support is available for attending national and international conferences.
  • Contribute to the planning of research projects and in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding purposes. Support will also be provided to the researcher for developing independent applications for grants/fellowships from national/international funding bodies.
  • Make and develop internal and external contacts with a view towards knowledge-sharing and building relationships for collaborative research.
  • Assist in the day-to-day maintenance of the experimental facilities and liaise with companies. A working knowledge of ultrafast lasers and cryogenic photo-detectors is desirable.
  • The successful candidate is also expected to be involved in our outreach activities, with roles that can be tuned to the specific preferences of the candidate but will involve for example interviews, talks for the general public, and preparation of experimental demonstrators.

Education, qualifications and experience

Essential Criteria

  • Applicants should hold a PhD (or a thesis submitted by the start date of the project) in a relevant area of physics or subjects related to quantum information or quantum engineering (e.g. computer science, photonics, etc.).
  • A record of high quality, peer-reviewed publications and evidence of contribution to the writing of these publications proportionate to opportunity.
  • Sufficient breadth or depth of knowledge in experimental quantum information science, including research methods and techniques.
  • Strong theoretical understanding and thorough grounding in quantum information science.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience planning and leading experiments within an experimental lab.
  • Experience of programming for data acquisition and analysis (e.g. LabVIEW, MATLAB, Python).
  • Experience in public presentations of scientific results, e.g. contributed talks at conferences.
  • Ability to work on one's own initiative.
  • Must be able to work as part of the BBQ Lab team and more widely with collaborators at other Universities.

Desirable Criteria

  • Creative approach to research.
  • Strong people management skills.
  • Experience of research-student supervision.
  • Experience in leading the writing of scientific papers.
  • Previous experience with one or more of the following: photonic entanglement, spatial/temporal mode manipulation, complex scattering media.

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