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Trainee Research Technician

Permanent Position

The Department of Physics seeks to appoint an enthusiastic Trainee Research Technician with a keen interest in science and technology. We are looking for someone who has a natural ability to look at a problem logically, and consider all possibilities, before finding the best way forward.

This is an exciting opportunity to provide technical support to the teaching and research areas in the Department of Physics. The post offers secondments to the undergraduate teaching laboratories, research groups and workshops within Physics, enabling you to acquire a very wide range of skills under the supervision of senior technicians. This is a trainee post and previous technical experience is not required.

We do not expect you to have experience of a research or laboratory environment, but you must be able to demonstrate practical skills from your interests, hobbies or previous work.

As your training progresses, you will provide technical support to one of our world class research groups or to our teaching laboratories where you will be responsible for the maintenance of laboratory equipment and apparatus and play a key role in the delivery of technical support to the users.

Once trained you will work as part of a team and be able to communicate technical and non-technical matters clearly and effectively to a wide range of people (colleagues, supervisors and academic staff) and also be able to work without supervision.

You will have A levels or equivalent qualifications and be willing to continue to learn. You will also be encouraged and supported with additional training – possibly on day release to a local college.

This position is available immediately, but we would consider delaying the start until Summer 2018 for applicants still completing A levels.

Please direct all informal enquiries to: Robb Johnston, Technical Services Manager,

Closing date: 15 April 2018

Mon 19 February 2018, 10:33 | Tags: Technical

Research Fellow in Theoretical Physics

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in quantum metrology and sensing in the quantum information science group of Dr. Animesh Datta.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration until 30 November 2019.

The post will develop theoretical techniques for quantum-enhanced sensing (quantum metrology) of multiple parameters. Particular emphasis is to be placed on designing novel schemes using methods from quantum and classical information theory, and analysing them using methods from estimation theory. It will also develop methods amenable to practical implementation with emerging quantum technologies by combating decoherence effects in these schemes, for instance by employing strategies from quantum error correction and quantum control.

The Research Fellow will work with graduate students and other Research Fellows in the quantum information science group of Dr. Animesh Datta. The group is part of two of the four UK Quantum Technologies Programme.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a PhD in physics or mathematics and have a strong background in quantum information theory, ideally quantum sensing and metrology. Candidates are expected to demonstrate knowledge of mathematical topics such as Bayesian methods and semi-definite programming.

The candidate must be capable of working within a broader research team, demonstrating strong written and verbal communication skills, and maintaining a current knowledge of the quantum information literature.

The application should include a CV, list of publications, a statement of research interests, and the contact information of three referees. References will be taken up prior to interview for shortlisted candidates. The post reference number should be quoted in all correspondence.

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr. Animesh Datta ( Further details about the research group can also be obtained at

Closing date: 18 March 2018
Interview date: Second week of April 2018

Thu 08 February 2018, 16:29 | Tags: Research, Theory

Research Fellow in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Permanent position.

Applications are invited for a full time and permanent Research Fellow in support of ESA’s PLATO M3 Mission funded by UKSpA and the University of Warwick. This position is based in the Science Management Office and is responsible to the Science Coordinator. The successful candidate will hold a PhD degree, a proven research track record and preferably experience of working in an (international) project environment.

The PLATO duties include organisational support of the Science Consortium and there will be other opportunities to become involved with the mission, both technically and scientifically. Opportunities are also available to become scientifically involved in ESA’s first S Mission, CHEOPS, due for launch in 2018 and ground based experiments in which Warwick has significant roles (e.g. NGTS and SuperWASP). We expect that some of the post holder’s time will be available for research, preferably in the area of extra-solar planets with the Astrophysics Group at Warwick (URL1).

An application form MUST be completed if you wish to be considered for this post. Applicants should also submit a signed covering letter, concise description of research accomplishments, relevant organisational and technical experience (including computing experience), and a CV including a full publication list.

Informal enquiries about this post can be made to: Prof. D.L.Pollacco (

Closing date: 23 March 2018

Mon 05 February 2018, 12:24 | Tags: Research, Astronomy and Astrophysics