Postdoc position in quantum mechanisms of energy transport

Job type: 
Application deadline: 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Research group: 
Quantum Information Science

Applications are invited for one Postdoctoral Research Assistant to study mechanisms of energy transport in multi-chromophore systems in the quantum information science group of Dr. Animesh Datta at the University of Warwick, UK.

The post is available initially for fixed-term duration of 24 months, with extensions of 12 or more months contingent on additional funding. The starting date is expected to be no later than September 01, 2017.

The post will develop theoretical techniques for studying excitonic energy transport in nanoscale multi-chromophore systems using analytical and numerical tools from open quantum systems theory as well as computational modelling of multidimensional spectroscopy.

Particular emphasis is to be placed on designing novel experimental proposals to study non-classical correlations in artificial and natural light harvesting systems using multidimensional optical spectroscopy. We will seek to combine methods from physical chemistry with concepts from quantum information theory to isolate and identify non-classical correlations in these systems.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) will work with graduate students and other PDRAs in the quantum information science group of Dr. Animesh Datta. The group actively collaborates with theoretical chemistry and experimental spectroscopy groups in Warwick, and elsewhere nationally and internationally. It is also part of two of the four UK Quantum Technologies Hubs.
Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or chemistry and have a very strong background in quantum open system dynamics and theoretical physical chemistry, particularly ultrafast dynamics on the nanoscale. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of the mathematical and numerical techniques for simulating and interpreting multidimensional spectroscopies such as pump-probe and 2D electron spectroscopy.

The candidate must be capable of working within a broader research team, demonstrating strong written and verbal communication skills, and maintaining a current knowledge of the literature in the area.

The application should include a CV, list of publications, a brief statement of research interests, and the contact information of three referees. Shortlisted applicants will be expected to arrange for these three referees to send letters of recommendation before the interview date. Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the reference letters are received by that date.