Research associate in Quantum Nano-Sensors Lab (Cambridge)

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Application deadline: 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position on diamond-based quantum sensing of interacting spin systems and antiferromagnetic materials at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge).

The successful candidate will join the Quantum Nano-Sensors Lab led by Dr Helena Knowles in the Atomic, Optical and Mesoscopic Physics (AMOP) group. The group's research focuses on quantum phenomena at the nanoscale and harnessing optically controllable spin systems for quantum metrology. See group website for more details:

The role is funded by the Royal Society.

The work for this role will focus on developing a high spatial resolution, high sensitivity magnetometry platform
based on nitrogen-vacancy centres in diamond to investigate spin dynamics in interacting spin systems.
Specifically, the topics under investigation will be spin dynamics and ergodicity in 2D and novel spin textures in
antiferromagnets in 3D. The role holder will work at the Cavendish Laboratory in a newly established
interdisciplinary group. In addition, through close collaborations with other subgroups of the Atomic, Optical
and Mesoscopic Physics (AMOP) group the successful candidate will be part of a vibrant research community.

We are looking for an experimental quantum optics and spin physics expert with a PhD in Physics, Electrical Engineering or another relevant subject. Experience with dynamical decoupling techniques and nanoscale devices is beneficial. Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, he/she will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of his/her PhD).

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date on August 31st 2020 and interviews conducted in early September. The candidate would ideally start as soon as possible after October 1st, 2020. The post will be a fixed term appointment for 1 year in the first instance, with the possibility of extension. The work will be funded by the Royal Society.

Informal enquiries regarding the role can be addressed via email to Dr Helena Knowles For questions on the application process please contact