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Higher Research Scientist - Superconducting Nanodevices
You'll plan and deliver a number of technical activities to take our research to the next level. As we're pushing boundaries all the time, we'll expect you to acquire new knowledge to find solutions to advance our research. It's your responsibility to share your learnings so that we all benefit, mentoring those with less experience than you. Equally, if commercial opportunities arise from your work, you'll need to flag these - as this is how new products and services are born. The same can be said for developing partnerships to strengthen our capability. You'll also act as an ambassador for our work externally and be willing to promote what we do. And, as an expert in your field, we'll also seek your technical support for any bids we may be undertaking.
Solid-state quantum technologies based on superconductors, hybrid systems as well as novel materials, form an important part of our work in quantum metrology. We are seeking a highly motivated full time staff scientist with experience in fabrication and measurement of superconducting nano-devices to work on quantum phase slip physics in superconducting nanowires.
You will be working in a well-established team with a large number of leading scientists in the field of quantum metrology. Initially you are expected to work on a European project in collaboration with other national measurement institutes and academic groups. In this project you will be developing new devices exploiting quantum phase slip phenomena in state-of-the-art superconducting materials such as highly disordered nitrides, twisted bilayer graphene and other 2D materials.
" Measurement and characterisation of superconducting nano-devices
" Fabrication of superconducting quantum circuits in a state-of-the-art cleanroom (the newly opened SuperFab cleanroom at Royal Holloway, University of London)
" Research and development of new state-of-the-art measurement capabilities
" Fundamental research aimed at future quantum electrical metrology standards
" Operation of cryogenic systems
The role will require a good understanding of how to characterise and design solid-state quantum devices. The successful enthusiastic candidate will be able to engage in a wide range of projects in quantum metrology, quantum computing and quantum sensing, with ample opportunities to expand their own research portfolio.
The role requires someone who is able to successfully collaborate both with colleagues and with a variety of external partners, with focus on the UK industry and academic groups. You will be expected to independently set goals and manage your scientific research projects to deliver on time. You will also be expected to work alongside and support PhD students.
" PhD in physics or similar
" Knowledge of electronics and electrical measurement techniques
" Practical experience with design, measurement and characterisation of solid-state quantum circuits and/or superconducting devices
" Working knowledge of micro- and nanofabrication in a cleanroom environment
" Working knowledge of experimental low-temperature physics, including operation of cryogenic systems and dilution refrigerators
" Strong communication and presentation skills in written and spoken English
" A strong record of publications in the relevant fields
" Working experience with microwave measurements at milliKelvin temperatures
" Working experience with measurements of superconducting quantum circuits
" Working experience with 2D materials (e.g. graphene)
" Working experience with microwave modelling and finite-element analysis software
" Good level of scientific programming skills (e.g. Labview, Matlab)
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