Post-doctoral position in Atomic quantum sensing with single-domain spinor Bose-Einstein condensates

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ICFO- The Institute of Photonic Sciences
15 March, 2019


Carl Friedrich Gauss, 3
Castelldefels 08860


ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences is offering a postdoctoral position to a well-qualified, highly motivated and dynamic young scientist who wishes to enhance his/her scientific career in a friendly and stimulating environment.

The successful candidate will be joining the Atomic Quantum Optics group led by Prof. Dr. Morgan Mitchell. Atomic quantum sensing uses the coherence and reproducibility of atomic systems to build extreme sensors, e.g. atomic clocks, gyroscopes and magnetometers. We are working with single-domain spinor BECs as an atomic sensor system, an approach that promises to escape one of the otherwise fundamental limits of atomic sensing, the density-coherence time trade-off. We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher to lead experimental work in this area, building upon a running experiment including all-optical evaporation and shot-noise-limited non-destructive probing by Faraday rotation.


Candidates must hold an internationally-recognized Ph.D.-equivalent degree (or evidence of its completion in the nearest future) preferably in physics.

The candidate should have a proven track record of experience with ultracold atoms, high coherence laser systems, control systems, etc.

No restrictions of citizenship apply to the ICFO post-doctoral contracts.

The contract is offered for periods of one year, renewable.


The formal application should be submitted online via

Suitable candidates are requested to submit:

- Presentation letter with a declaration of interest,

- Curriculum Vitae, including contact details,

- Scanned copies of the complete (Bachelor and Master equivalent) official academic transcripts in English or Spanish,

- The contact e-mail of two potential referees.

Candidates should be willing to be contacted by phone during the selection process. Candidates may contact jobs [at] icfo [dot] eu for informal enquiries regarding the application, as well as address scientific enquiries to morgan [dot] mitchell [at] icfo [dot] eu. For updated information about ICFO, please visit