Postdoctoral Appointee - Quantum

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7062295 (Ref:407319)

Posted: November 11, 2019

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Materials Science Division (MSD) at Argonne National Lab (ANL) is looking for an experimental postdoctoral candidate to conduct fundamental research in the areas of quantum network, quantum entanglement distribution and quantum communications. A successful candidate will be part of a dynamic team working with a group of scientists lead by David Awschalom at ANL and the University of Chicago (UChicago) conducting a wide range of research on quantum optics, solid-state spins, quantum emitters, quantum memory, quantum transduction and quantum interconnect. 

The candidate will primarily be responsible for designing and building novel quantum networking experiments associated with a multi-node telecom fiber-optic network in the metro Chicago area. The candidate will develop advanced optical, spin and microwave measurements for entanglement generation, distribution and control in diverse solid-state systems including defects in SiC, Diamond, rare-earth host crystals, nonlinear optical devices and 2D materials. The candidate is expected to seek collaborations with other scientists in MSD, Argonne, UChicago and Fermilab. The candidate is also expected to mentor graduate students from the Center for Molecular Engineering at both ANL and UChicago. 

The candidate is expected to publish results in a refereed journal and make oral presentation at meetings, conferences, symposia, and seminars.  They are expected to maintain a knowledge of the latest developments in the field and related groups through interactions and collaborative efforts.  The candidate will also participate in maintaining technical reports and other documents associated with the operation of the quantum link, along with reports on experimental progress, technical developments, and new initiatives to peer reviews and program managers. 

We expect you to have: 

  • A Ph.D. in physics, applied physics, electrical engineering, or related field within the last three years. 
  • Considerable experience in experimental quantum optics, with a preference on quantum key distribution techniques.
  • A background in quantum key distribution techniques is preferred
  • Experience with quantum optics, optical spectroscopy, nonlinear optics.

  • Experience with fiber optics, photon counting and related electronics.
  • Experience with advanced data analysis implemented in languages such as python or Matlab
  • Experience with dilution refrigerators and closed-cycle cryogenic systems is advantageous.
  • Direct research experience in quantum optics used for quantum communication and network is advantageous.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.  
  • Strong collaboration skills and the ability to work with a team in an interdisciplinary environment.

Desirable experience: 
  • Experience with nonlinear optical processes and photon generation
  • Experience with microwave engineering and spin characterization techniques
  • Experience with nanofabrication (optical and electron-beam lithography) for nanostructure and fabrication
  • Experience with quantum information, error correction, quantum communication protocols is advantageous

Additional Requirements:
  • Normal daytime work hours at the Argonne site, but occasional travel and some overtime/nighttime may be required.
  • Ability to work without constant direction in the performance of routine tasks.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job posting number:#7062295 (Ref:407319)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne,Illinois
United States
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