Postdoctoral positions in quantum coherence and quantum sensing with superconducting devices at University of Waterloo

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Friday, March 15, 2024

Postdoctoral positions are available at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC,, University of Waterloo (UW), in the field of superconducting devices. The positions are with the Superconducting Quantum Devices (SQD) group and will be supervised by Adrian Lupascu. The positions are focused on two broad areas: improving coherence of superconducting devices and quantum sensing.

Two postdoctoral positions are open in the area of improving coherence of superconducting devices. This research is centered on two main topics. The first topic is the development of high-quality materials for superconducting resonators and qubits, with a particular focus on niobium. The second topic is the investigation of coherence and control of superconducting fluxonium qubits. Responsibilities will span design, fabrication, and characterization of superconducting devices, as well as modelling of decoherence.

One postdoctoral position is open in the area of quantum sensors for magnetic fields and gravity based on superconducting devices. This role will include theoretical modelling and design of quantum sensors, as well as development and characterization of sensor prototypes.

Applicants for these positions should hold a PhD degree in physics, electrical engineering, or materials science. Applicants should preferably have prior research experience in one or more of the following areas: superconducting device theory, design and fabrication of superconducting devices, materials characterization, low-temperature physics, microwave electronics, software development, quantum control, and quantum sensing. However, we will consider candidates with expertise in other relevant areas, including quantum information theory, atomic physics, quantum optics, and condensed matter physics, if they have a strong commitment to making the transition to a new research field. Applicants should have a strong record of publications in highly recognized peer-reviewed journals.

The work will take place in close collaboration with other members of the SQD group. Device fabrication will rely on the Quantum-Nano Fabrication and Characterization Facility (QNFCF), a 8,000 sq. ft clean room equipped with state of the art tools and processes for superconducting devices. Besides QNFCF, device fabrication will leverage other significant infrastructure at UW for material characterization and growth, as well as collaborators’ facilities. UW is an important hub for quantum information research. IQC hosts 250 researchers working on a broad spectrum of topics in quantum information. A strong connection exists with researchers working in quantum information in other departments at UW as well as at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

The appointment will be for an initial period of one or two years, with the possibility of renewal subject to performance and continuation of funding. The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as Indigenous peoples (e.g., First Nations, MĂ©tis, Inuit/Inuk), Black, racialized, people with disabilities, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

The deadline for applications is March 15th, 2024. However, applications received after this date may be considered if the positions remain unfilled. Please send your curriculum vitae including a list of publications and reference contact information to:
Adrian Lupascu
Associate Professor, Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo