Research Associate in Diamond Maser Quantum Electronics
Imperial College London Department of Materials
United Kingdom

Job summary

Recent research within the Maser Group in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London has demonstrated the world’s first continuous-wave room-temperature MASER based on optically-pumped nitrogen-vacancy (NV) colour centres in diamond. This new type of spintronic device works like a laser but at microwave frequencies and has exciting applications in sensing, communications, time-keeping and quantum technologies. Applications are...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01387
  • Date posted 8 September 2020
  • Closing date 13 October 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington and White City Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Materials
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Recent research within the Maser Group in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London has demonstrated the world’s first continuous-wave room-temperature MASER based on optically-pumped nitrogen-vacancy (NV) colour centres in diamond. This new type of spintronic device works like a laser but at microwave frequencies and has exciting applications in sensing, communications, time-keeping and quantum technologies.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to assist in the development of the diamond maser and related quantum technologies. The focus will be on constructing experimental demonstrator devices that exploit advanced materials, physics and electronic engineering. This work will be done in consultation with our industrial partners towards transferring these demonstrators into commercial prototypes and is funded by the EPSRC. There is therefore the potential to be part of a team producing new intellectual property with excellent prospects for commercialisation.

A researcher is sought with a PhD in physics, materials, electronic/electrical engineering, physical chemistry or related disciplines and a passion for constructing experimental hardware and instrumentation coupled with an understanding of the underlying physics and the ability to perform simulations.

The successful candidate should have a strong record of published research preferably in quantum optics, quantum technology or spin physics and will be able to provide examples of ingenuity and initiative. The successful candidate will have the rare opportunity of developing an entirely new device technology and will be involved in shaping the future for room temperature masers.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

Research:

  • To design, fabricate and characterise diamond maser devices and experiments.
  • To develop optical & microwave experiments for characterisation of quantum properties of spin-defects.
  • To simulate optical/microwave/thermal characteristics of maser devices.
  • To characterise spin-defects in diamond and related materials using pulsed optically-detected magnetic resonance (ODMR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and fluorescence spectroscopy.
  • Proven experience of programming instrumentation
  • To take initiative in the planning of research.
  • To conduct data analysis and ensure validity of data at all times.
  • To plan and carry out research in accordance with the project aims.
  • To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination.
  • To prepare material for presentation in oral and poster formats
  • To provide guidance to staff and students.
  • To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary.

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

Education

For Research Associate to hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials or Physical Chemistry

For Research Assistant to hold a First degree of Masters degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials or Physical Chemistry

Experience

Microwave electronics and device engineering

Pulsed Optically-Detected Magnetic Resonance (ODMR) spectroscopy

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy (pulsed)

Programming in Python (preferably) or C++/Matlab/Julia

Optical experimentation

Knowledge

Understanding of quantum optics and physics of spin defects

Broad knowledge in experimental instrumentation including programming

Simulation of microwave/optical devices such as cavities, waveguides

Skills & Abilities

Proven ability to write high quality scientific publications

Proven ability to communicated and work well in a team

Proven ability to develop and apply new concepts

Proven ability to conduct a detailed review of literature

Proven ability to take initiative in complex and original research

Excellent organisational and multi-tasking abilities

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum.

Should you have any queries regarding the post, please contact, Dr Jonathan Breeze (jonathan.breeze@imperial.ac.uk).

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (d.khan@imperial.ac.uk).

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/


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