Postdoctoral/Research Fellow at ANU: quantum optical interconnects using magnetic rare earth crystals

Group Leader: Dr Rose Ahlefeldt

Enquiries To: rose.ahlefeldt@anu.edu.au

Start Date: 31/01/2022

Node(s): Australian National University

Institution: Australian National University,

Instituion City/Country: Canberra

Role: Research Fellow

Supervisor, primary contact: Dr Rose Ahlefeldt (rose.ahlefeldt@anu.edu.au)

Location: Research School of Physics, ANU, Canberra

Type: continuing contingent (funded for 2.5 years)

Salary: Academic Level A/B ($74,775 – $115,428 per annum plus 17% Superannuation)

The project

We are looking for a postdoc to work on an ARC Discovery Project (DP210102020) to develop an efficient single-photon microwave-to-optical frequency converter. This type of frequency converter allows quantum computers that operate at microwave frequencies, such as superconducting systems, to be connected to existing optical quantum networks.

The frequency converter will be implemented in a magnetically ordered rare earth crystal, with optical and collective microwave resonances used to mediate conversion. The postdoc will study the optical and microwave resonances to build a fundamental understanding of this interesting quantum many-body system and to determine the best conditions for worl-record high-efficiency conversion.

The person

This is a multi-disciplinary project, combining studies of magnetic materials, optically dense media, short-range interactions in solids and optical and microwave engineering. We encourage applications from candidates across the areas of quantum physics, magnetism, and optical physics of solids with experience that can be adapted to the project. If you are interested in working in a collaborative team to develop a broad expertise in the application of quantum many body systems to quantum technology, this could be the position for you.

The area

The Research School of Physics (RSPhys) represents Australia’s largest university-based research and teaching activity in the physics discipline. Fields of research include quantum physics, nuclear physics, electronic materials engineering, photonic and meta-optic materials, computational and theoretical physics. The School has a longstanding effort in developing quantum information technology, and is involved in five quantum-related Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres of Excellence, including the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T).

The Research School of Physics values diversity and aims to improve the participation of historically under-represented groups in science, with the goal of building a more inclusive, more innovative physics community for the future. Women and other underrepresented groups in science are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

The position is open to applicants with work rights in Australia. For enquiries, please contact Dr Rose Ahlefeldt. For more information on the eligibility and selection criteria, or to apply, please visit https://jobs.anu.edu.au/cw/en/job/542607/postdoctoral-fellow-research-fellow

Closing date: 26 Nov 2021