Postdoctoral research positions in Cold Atoms and Quantum Optics

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ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences
31 December, 2011


ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss, 3
Castelldefels 08860
Phone: +34935534101
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(s) will be part of a European Research Council-funded project, “Atomic Quantum Metrology,” in the group of Prof. Morgan Mitchell. The group is very active in quantum metrology, with recent results including the first optical magnetometry beyond the shot-noise limit, the first spin squeezing in a magnetically-sensitive cold-atom system, the first measurements beyond the Heisenberg limit, and the first use of quantum optics to improve non-destructive measurement.

The project aims to apply these and other advances to build a cold-atom optical magnetometer at the quantum limits of sensitivity, in order to test and develop potentially revolutionary new proposals in quantum metrology and quantum optics.

Eligibility and Conditions
Candidates must hold an internationally recognized Ph.D.-equivalent degree (or evidence of its completion in the near future) in experimental cold atom physics, quantum optics or neighbouring fields. 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. Competitive salary depending on experience.

Application procedure
The formal application should be submitted by e-mail to: icfojobs [at] icfo [dot] eu (subject: AQuMet%20-%20PDF) (preferable with cc to morgan [dot] mitchell [at] icfo [dot] eu (subject: AQuMet%20-%20PDF) ). E-mail submissions must include the candidate’s last name and “AQuMet Post-doc” in the subject line.
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. AQuMet PDF).
Candidates should be willing to be contacted by phone during the selection process.

The call will remain open until suitable candidates are identified. Candidates may contact icfojobs [at] icfo [dot] eu for informal enquiries regarding the application, and morgan [dot] mitchell [at] icfo [dot] eu for scientific enquiries.
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