Ph. D. student in theoretical quantum optics / condensed matter

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Application deadline: 
Thursday, September 7, 2017

We are looking for a highly motivated and talented Ph.D. student willing to join the team undertaking a new, 3-year "First Team" research project entitled Integrated optics in time-frequency domain: a new versatile platform for quantum technologies, funded by the Foundation for Polish Science. The project aims at research in the field of theoretical condensed matter as well as theoretical and experimental quantum optics. The research will be carried out in international collaboration with groups from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and the University of Paderborn (Germany), with support from companies: Raith, Airbus Defence and Space, GMV Innovating Solutions, Lambda System and Semicon. The team will be hosted by the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw. The position will start in the Fall 2017.

Institution: Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Project leader: Dr. habil. Magdalena Stobińska

Project title: Integrated optics in time-frequency domain: a new versatile platform for quantum technologies

Project is carried out within the “First Team” programme of the Foundation for Polish Science

Project description: Quantum technologies enable solutions providing e.g. unconditionally secure information transfer or ultrasensitive detectors. They use entanglement, superposition and interactions at a single quanta level. Time-frequency integrated quantum optics is ideally suited for these tasks: flexible, scalable, robust to losses, offers high control of single photons. Its potential has not yet been explored. In this project, we plan to build high-quality random number generator and nanodevices based on graphene plasmons. To this end, we will advance the platform, producing pure spectrally-shaped single photons. Its features will allow to surpass the present technology to produce true randomness and study photon-plasmon interactions in 2D nanomaterials. Additional training will be provided by top specialists in integrated optics: the University of Paderborn and the University of Oxford.

Skills/Qualifications:
- Completed master studies in physics, preferably with specialization in quantum optics and/or condensed matter
- Ambitious hard-working with high motivation for scientific work and strong will for self-development
- Numerical programming practice, basic knowledge of mathematical tools (e.g. Matlab or Wolfram Mathematica) and general computer software (e.g. Microsoft Office, Skype)
- Practical knowledge of English (B2 level or above)
- Ability to work collaboratively
- Mobility (ability to travel within the EU and worldwide)

Required documents:
- A copy of a university diploma confirming master degree in physics
- Recommendation letter from previous scientific supervisor; additional recommendation letters (e.g. from student’s organizations, other senior researchers) are welcome
- Scientific curriculum vitae, focusing on achievements relevant for Ph. D. studies (e.g. previous participation in scientific activities, collaborations, internships, stipends, publications, scientific interests)
- Motivational letter stating why the candidate is willing to participate in this research project
- Optional: a copy of a document certifying candidate’s knowledge of English
The required documents must be sent by e-mail in PDF format to magdalena.stobinska@gmail.com. The recruitment committee will interview selected candidates before making the final decision. The candidates should be able to deliver original copies of the documents on demand. The final decision will be announced to the candidates as soon as the Foundation for Polish Science accepts the recruitment results. The position will start in the Fall 2017.

Remuneration/stipend amount/month: 4500 PLN, tax-free (ca. 1100 EUR)

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