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Research Fellow (105101-0122)

Fixed-term contract until 28/02/2023. 36.5 hours per week.

The Department of Physics seeks to appoint a Research Fellow in the area of theoretical quantum sensing and metrology, with particular emphasis on quantum-light spectroscopy of complex quantum systems. The position is based in the quantum information science group of Dr. Animesh Datta.

The position is initially available for a fixed term ending on February 28, 2023. There is the possibility of a 12 month extension thereafter.

You will develop theoretical schemes for quantum-enhanced sensing of multiple parameters individually or simultaneously. The schemes will be applied complex quantum systems such as molecules embedded in natural or engineered environments. The project will combine methods from quantum information theory with quantum light-matter interactions in open quantum systems. Particular emphasis is to be placed on the experimental feasibility of these schemes with regards to identifying the optimal quantum states of light, as well as their measurement. The overall goal will be to propose quantum-enhanced spectroscopy schemes for complex quantum systems that may be implemented experimentally.

You will work with graduate students and other PDRAs in the quantum information science group of Dr. Animesh Datta.

You should possess or be very close to obtaining a PhD in a relevant scientific discipline and have a strong background in quantum light-matter interactions, open quantum systems, quantum and classical estimation theory. Candidates are expected to demonstrate knowledge of areas of physics such as linear and nonlinear spectroscopy and familiarity with statistics.

You will be an excellent communicator capable of working effectively both independently and as part of a research team. You will possess excellent planning and time management skills to ensure your research objectives are achieved effectively. You will have a current knowledge of the quantum-light spectroscopy literature.

Applications should include a CV, list of publications, a statement of research interests, and the contact information of three referees. 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 www.warwick.ac.uk/qinfo

Interview Date: Mid-February, 2022.

Mon 24 Jan 2022, 11:35 | Tags: Research

Research Fellow (104883-0122)

Fixed-term contract until 31/12/2023, 36.5 hours per week.

The Astronomy and Astrophysics group seeks to appoint a Research Fellow to work within the Gravitational wave Optical Transient Observer project under supervision of Prof Danny Steeghs. You will contribute to the development, operations and science exploitation of the GOTO facility. GOTO is an autonomous robotic array of optical telescopes with a very wide field of view, permitting high cadence sky surveys and rapid response searches across substantial sky areas in response to gravitational wave detections and other exotic transients. It is deployed across two observing sites (La Palma & Australia), each hosting 16 unit telescopes.

You will be an excellent communicator capable of working effectively both independently and as part of a research team. You must hold, or be about to obtain, a doctoral degree in astrophysics or a related field. Experience in observational astronomy, automated data analysis, and familiarity with time-domain and multi-messenger astrophysics is strongly preferred, whilst expertise in instrumentation and control systems would be welcomed.

The position is funded by STFC until 31 December 2023, and we anticipate it would be extended past this date due to a delayed start. An application form must be submitted together with a signed covering letter with a concise description of your research or technical accomplishments & interests, as well as a CV including a full publication list. Please ensure you provide the details of at least two academic referees on your application form.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure. Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure.

Please direct informal inquiries to Prof Danny Steeghs (D.T.H.Steeghs@warwick.ac.uk). Further information on the Astronomy and Astrophysics group can be found at www.astro.warwick.ac.uk, and https:/goto-observatory.org/.

Interview Date: Late Feb 2022.

Thu 20 Jan 2022, 12:05 | Tags: Research

Research Fellow (100941-0122)

Open to internal candidates only.

Full time, fixed term contract until 19 January 2023 with an immediate start date.

The Department of Physics seeks to appoint a Research Fellow to work on skyrmionic materials, in particular, the production of single crystals of materials which have previously been identified to exhibit skyrmionic behaviour and explore new materials which may exhibit this behaviour. The project will make use of a number of experimental techniques to synthesize the crystals and involve a study of the crystals produced through detailed investigations of their structural and magnetic properties. The project takes place in the context of a wider programme of materials investigation currently underway within the Superconductivity and Magnetism Group in the University of Warwick. The University of Warwick is one of the five consortium universities in the UK National Research Programme into Skyrmions and Skyrmionic Materials, funded by the EPSRC through a Programme Grant for 6 years.

You will have a solid background in experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science. You should be trained in experimental solid state synthesis and preferably have experience of some crystal growth techniques (floating zone, Bridgman, Czochralski, vapour transport techniques) as well as low temperature experimental characterisation methods. You should also demonstrate proficiency in the use of x-ray diffraction methods for powder and/or single crystals. You should show a strong interest and aptitude for learning new experimental techniques and a commitment to a high standard of scientific research.

The study of all the materials produced will be undertaken through detailed investigations of their structural and magnetic properties. Experimental investigations of these materials will be conducted in collaboration with other research groups both at Warwick and at the other participating Universities within the Programme Grant consortium. There will also be scope for taking part in experiments at international facilities using neutron and x-ray scattering techniques.

You will work in the Superconductivity and Magnetism Group under the supervision of Professor Geetha Balakrishnan. You will be expected to be able work within a broader research team at Warwick and also with the wider UK Skyrmion consortium, demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, and maintain a current knowledge of the literature. You should be willing to play an active role in periodic progress and planning meetings for the project as well as in the dissemination of results. You will possess excellent planning and time management skills to ensure your research objectives are achieved effectively.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,497 pa). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£31,406 pa).

Please direct all informal inquiries to g.balakrishnan@warwick.ac.uk

Interview Date/s: TBC.

Thu 20 Jan 2022, 12:02 | Tags: Research