Postdoctoral Fellow in Quantum Error Correction for Trapped Atoms

We are seeking a suitably qualified postdoctoral fellow to be part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS) project team within the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences at Macquarie University.

The successful candidate will conduct independent research and work with the group of Professor Gavin Brennen on the topic of Quantum Error Correction for Trapped Atoms. This theory project will investigate efficient ways to perform quantum error correction in trapped atom architectures including Rydberg arrays. Topics to be covered include: strategies for implementing non-local gates for error correction codes that require them such as LDPC codes, measurement free/autonomous quantum error correction, and cavity mode assisted geometric control of atomic qubits. This postdoc will work within the 1K qubit flagship program of EQuS with the goal to develop the theoretical foundations for a useful fault tolerant quantum processor using a few thousand physical qubits.

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Macquarie University hosts a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS). EQuS has a vision "to conduct world-leading research to exploit the potential of quantum science and develop a range of transformational technologies that will benefit society". To find out more about EQuS and our research, click here

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV, the names and contact details of at least two references, and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria.


Postgraduate qualifications (PhD level or equivalent) in physics or a relevant discipline.

Proven record of research in quantum information theory, especially in quantum computing and error correction, research publications and presentations, external research grants, or other relevant indicators. Expertise in quantum optics or theoretical atomic physics is beneficial but not essential.

Demonstrated ability to conduct research collaboratively and independently.

High-level communication, inter-personal, and communication skills.

Experience in supervising postgraduate students is considered favourably

Salary package: Level A Step 6 (PhD) from $95,706 to $102,570 per annum, plus 17% employer’s superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term for a period of 29 months with potential for extension.

Enquiries: Professor Gavin Brennen at (please use the subject line QECCAtomicPostDoc)

Applications Close: Monday 15 August 2022 at 11:59pm