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Research Associate in Experimental Quantum Networking

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Your primary role will be to conduct experimental research in quantum networking with emphasis on the realisation of quantum information protocols with bright entangled cluster states in the telecom regime. This research will be carried out under the umbrella of a quantum networking work package in the quantum communications hub, in collaboration with researchers at Bristol University and in Sheffield. There’s plenty of flexibility for pursuing your own research agenda as long as its aligned with lab activities. Key duties and responsibilities The post holder is required to;
The ideal candidate will have a strong theoretical understanding and an experimental background in one or more of the following fields: quantum information processing, experimental quantum photonics.
General tasks will involve scientific research; analysis and interpretation of data; daily oversight of the activities of postgraduate and undergraduate project students in the laboratory; communication with other investigators involved in this collaborative project; preparation of scientific papers; presentation of research at conferences.
Good communication skills and an appropriate publication record are essential. A working knowledge of ultrafast lasers and cryogenic photo-detectors are desirable.
The successful candidate will be expected to conduct and lead their own experiments whilst also supervising the activities of junior group members and PhD students.
Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research with the assistance of a mentor, if required. Conduct individual and collaborative research projects, making use of relevant research techniques and methods. Disseminate results of research in peer reviewed journals and conferences, and/or other appropriate media. Continue to update personal knowledge and to develop skills within own specialist research area. Maintain written records of research results and progress generated intellectual property and data analysis. Contribute to the production of research reports and publications.
Build internal contacts and participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration, in particular in the quantum communications hub. Work with academic colleagues on areas of shared research interest and contribute to collaborative decision making. Join external networks to share information and identify potential sources of funds.
The successful candidate is also expected to be involved in our outreach activities, with roles that can be tuned to the specific preferences of the candidate but will involve for example interviews, talks for the general public and preparation of experimental demonstrators. Education, qualifications and experience Essential Criteria Possess and maintain sufficient breadth or depth of specialist discipline knowledge and or research methods and techniques to work in own area. Applicants should hold a PhD (or a thesis submitted by the start date of the project) in a relevant area of physics or subjects related to quantum information or quantum engineering (e.g. computer science, photonics, etc.). A record of high quality publications, and evidence of contribution to the writing of these publications proportionate to opportunity. Must have proven academic ability and a demonstrable high level of technical competence in experimental science and the analysis / modelling of the results. Strong theoretical understanding and thorough grounding in experimental techniques relevant to the project. Ability to articulate research work, both in technical reports / papers and by oral presentation Ability to formulate and progress work on their own initiative Must be able to work as part of a team on the experiments at Heriot-Watt and more widely with the collaborators at other Universities Experience in writing and managing peer-reviewed papers. Experience in public presentations of scientific results (e.g. conference talks) Desirable Criteria Evidence of ability to present work effectively in person, e.g. at conferences and seminars. Experience in leading the writing of scientific papers. Experience of programming for data acquisition (e.g. Python, Matlab, Mathematica) and analysis. Experience of experimental design and integration. Experience of research-student supervision. How To Apply Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 11 October 2019. Informal enquiries can be made to Alessandro Fedrizzi at A.Fedrizzi@hw.ac.uk At Heriot-Watt University we understand that being diverse makes us better which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment. Use our total rewards calculator: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/total-rewards-calculator.htm to see the value of benefits provided by Heriot-Watt University.
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