Postdoctoral research position in Solid State Quantum Memories (SSQM)

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ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences
15 July, 2010


Castelldefels (Barcelona)
41° 16' 49.4004" N, 1° 58' 36.39" E

ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences, a centre based in Castelldefels (Barcelona, Spain), devoted to research and education of the optical and photonic sciences at the highest international level, 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 part of an emerging project carried out by Prof Hugues de Riedmatten's newly established Quantum Photonics with Solids and Atoms group. The group focuses on the quantum connection between single photons and atomic ensembles implemented with rare-earth doped solids and cold atomic gases. The goal is to control quantum effects, such as entanglement, in remote matter based systems, for applications in quantum information science, in particular in quantum networks and quantum repeaters.

The successful candidate will play a key role in a new project aiming at exploring quantum effects at the interface between single photons and rare earth doped solids. He/she will be responsible for the initial setup phase and for the following experiments towards the implementation of long lived solid state quantum memories. This involves the realization of a quantum light source compatible with the memory, the control of collective atomic coherences in a solid state environment, as well as investigations towards the realization of long lived entanglement between remote solid state quantum memories.


Eligibility and Conditions
Candidates must hold an internationally-recognized Ph.D.-equivalent degree (or evidence of its completion in the nearest future) in a field related to experimental quantum physics. The candidate should have a proven track record of experimental research in either quantum optics, atomic physics or coherent solid state spectroscopy. Experience in cryogenics, rare-earth ions spectroscopy and photon counting techniques would be an advantage. Programming skills (Labview, Matlab, etc) would also be an asset.

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

The contract is offered for periods of one year, renewable for a total of up to three years.


Application procedure
The formal application should be submitted by e-mail to: icfojobs [at] icfo [dot] es. E-mail submissions must include the mailing label “SSQM” and your last name printed before the label.
Suitable candidates are requested to submit:
- Presentation letter with a declaration of interest,
- Curriculum Vitae, including full address, a contact phone number and e-mail address,
- The contact e-mail of three potential referees.

Applications can also be submitted by post to the Post-Doc Screening Committee (Ref. SSQM).

Candidates should be willing to be contacted by phone during the selection process.


Deadlines and contact details
The call will remain open until suitable candidates are identified.

Candidates may contact icfojobs [at] icfo [dot] es for informal inquiries regarding the application, as well as address scientific inquiries to hugues [dot] deriedmatten [at] icfo [dot] es.

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