Postdocs in Experiments and Theory in Quantum Machines

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Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
31 August, 2020


Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Onna, Okinawa

The Quantum Machines Unit is seeking applicants 

The Quantum Machines Unit is a newly established research Unit which focuses on the theory and experimental development of quantum machines. This includes a wide range of quantum devices ranging from quantum assisted sensors, e.g. gravimeters and magnetometers, through to quantum interconnects (connecting up static and flying quantum information), and quantum memories. We have the following positions immediately available:

Quantum Magneto-Mechanical Systems [Experiment]

Magnetic levitation of quantum systems has the potential to exhibit extremely low noise. Optical trapping requires intense laser powers while magnetic trapping can be achieved using static DC magnetic fields. This project will work towards exploring the new opportunities made available in the quantum engineering of magnetically levitated quantum systems.

Applicants with suitable expertise include backgrounds in: experimental cryogenics, vacuum physics, electronics, signal processing, fabrication and related.

Quantum Sensors [Theory]

An integral part of any machine are sensors. Precision sensing has transformed our lives, from using CAT/MRI scanners in our hospitals, through to sensors which monitors local acceleration which can provide GPS-less navigation through to mapping out gravitational fields - a task useful to monitoring underground movements of water etc. Quantum sensors for detecting either magnetic, electric or inertial forces typically bring together a variety of quantum systems including mechanical, spin, photonic, or solid-state.

Applicants with suitable expertise include backgrounds in: quantum optics, atom optics, optomechanical systems, sueprconducting quantum optics and related.

Levitated Quantum Machines [Theory]

A new vista for the engineering of quantum machines is opening up with the development of levitated macroscopic quantum systems. By trapping and cooling the motion of small nano-particles using either optical or magnetic forces, in ultra-high-vacuum, opens up the possibility to prepare macroscopic quantum states of motion. In this project we will investigate magnetic levitation of quantum systems as an alternative to optical trapping and this project will apply magnetic levitation towards the construction of Schrodinger kittens/cats to probe the fundamental nature of the quantum world and as ultra-precise sensors.

Applicants with suitable expertise include backgrounds in: quantum optics, levitated systems, optomechanics, magnetic and electrical engineering, noise anlaysis, superconducting quantum systems  and related.

Robust Quantum Machines [Theory]

Quantum Machines will need to operate in the presence of noise, both random and systematic. There are many paradigms for dealing with noise raning from quantum error correction through to feedback control. Sensing noise, both theoretically and experimentally, is also a crucial step towards engineering the quantum machine to be robust. We are interested in developing quantum machines that develop large scale entanglement or quantum machines for quantum sensing, which can operate in a robust fashion and, in particular, in dirty environments outside the laboratory setting. 

Applicants with suitable expertise include backgrounds in: theory of quantum optics, solid state quantum devices, quantum error correction/suppression, quantum feedback theory, quantum control theory. 

The Quantum Machines Unit will be based in the newly opened Lab 4 in OIST. To get more information about the Quantum Machines Unit and the above positions
please email: jason-twamley1 [at] oist [dot] jp ?subject=Postdoc%20Application">jason-twamley1 [at] oist [dot] jp 

To apply, read the job advertisement on the OIST Careers page:
Postdoctoral Scholar Positions in Quantum Machines Unit