Postdoc in Satellite Quantum Communications (Theory)

Salary range: £32236 - £39609
FTE: 1.0 (35 hours/week)
Term: Fixed Term until 30/11/2022
Closing date: 30/09/2019

Applications are invited for the position of Research Associate in the Department of Physics to join the Computational Nonlinear and Quantum Optics (CNQO) group to support ongoing projects in quantum communications. The main task will be to provide theory and modelling support for the analysis of satellite quantum communication as part of the the Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Communications. This forms part of the activities of the Strathclyde Space Institute: Centre for Space Science and Applications (SSI:CSSA) and will be in collaboration with the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA) and industrial partners.

The successful applicant for this position will have a PhD (or equivalent) in quantum theory, or a closely related field. We are seeking a highly motivated researcher to develop protocols, models, and software for free-space quantum communications. The candidate should have a strong background in quantum physics, preferably quantum optics or quantum cryptography. A good programming or scientific computing skills, e.g. MATLAB, Python, and Mathematica, would be advantageous.

Candidates must have excellent communication skills, the ability to keep clear records, and to work independently and as part of a team. An ability to prepare scientific publications and present research outcomes at local, national and international research meetings is expected.

Formal interviews for this post are provisionally scheduled for 23rd and 24th October 2019.

The post will initially be available from December 2019 until November 2022.

Informal enquires should be directed to Dr Daniel Oi ( or Prof John Jeffers (