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Research Associate: Semiconductor Quantum Devices



Fixed Term Contract (24 months)
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This full-time Research Associate position is to contribute to a UKRI newly funded project, “Quantum Electronics in Silicon Carbide”, led by Dr Alessandro Rossi and in collaboration with industrial partners, such as the UK’s National Physical Laboratory, the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory and British Telecom. The project revolves around the development of novel quantum devices in (but not limited to) silicon carbide and achieve electrical control/readout of single spins hosted in atomic crystal defects. The project’s funds will enable the establishment of a new cryogenic laboratory and of a new research team in the Physics Department. The Research Associate’s main areas of responsibility will be design, fabrication and testing of a range of quantum devices in different semiconductors and/or super-semiconductor hybrids. The postholder will also have a role in the definition of the new laboratory specs, in purchasing and assembling experimental set-ups, as well as in the supervision of junior members of the team.

The Semiconductor Spectroscopy and Devices Group (Department of Physics) has a strong track record in applying and developing imaging techniques to characterise the optical and structural properties of technologically important semiconductor materials. We have recently expanded our research portfolio to include semiconductor nanodevices for quantum computing and quantum metrology applications. Hence, we wish to appoint a researcher to work as part of the team and enhance these lines of inquiry.

You will bring a PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering or similar discipline and possess strong experimental and analytical skills, including expertise in cryogenic measurement systems, electrical readout of quantum devices, as well as cleanroom processing. You will have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work in collaboration with a diverse range of researchers ranging from postgraduate students, to experienced postdoctoral researchers/academics, to industrial collaborators. You will also have the ability to conduct individual research work, to disseminate results and to prepare research proposals.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Alessandro Rossi at

To apply, please visit our website

Closing date: 9 May 2021.
Interview date: June 2021.

We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

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