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Research Associate in Quantum Security Devices

Salary:   £27,285 to £31,604
Closing Date:   Friday 29 September 2017
Interview Date:   Friday 06 October 2017
Reference:  A2001

Lancaster University’s Quantum Technology Centre (QTC) invites applications for up to two postdoctoral Research Associates to develop security devices in collaboration with a spin-out company, Quantum Base ( The roles will involve the use of state-of-the-art equipment housed in the QTC (see to fabricate and test novel devices. The project will harness semiconductor devices on silicon substrates for applications in hardware security. A significant focus of the role will be to conduct research with the potential to lead to near-term, commercially exciting applications, in close-collaboration with a recent spin-out company from the university. Alongside this, the role may also involve the fundamental study of semiconductors with ultra-sensitive optical measurements in a new facility at Lancaster, IsoLab, which houses three isolated laboratory spaces where vibration, noise and electromagnetic disturbance are drastically reduced to give an "ultra-clean" experimental environment.

Lancaster University is one of few institutions worldwide to house the facilities and expertise, and foster the fusion of fields required to pursue this research project. Its world-class Department of Physics was ranked second in the UK for world-leading research output (REF2014) and second in the Guardian’s university rankings for 2016. It has led the emerging field of two-dimensional materials, with researchers from Lancaster University being intimately involved in work towards the 2010 Nobel Prize for graphene, being a consortium member for the EU Graphene Flagship and holding an EPSRC doctoral training centre in graphene jointly with Manchester University. It houses extensive facilities for the development of novel devices in its Quantum Technology Centre (QTC), these include:

• A state-of-the-art cleanroom for the nano-fabrication of devices.
• A series of new laboratories (IsoLab), designed to provide measurements free from all forms of noise (under construction, to complete in the second half of 2016). Nano-mechanical and nano-optical laboratories within this facility will produce correlated measurements with atomic-resolution.
• A quantum optoelectronics laboratory in which the time-correlated dynamics of emission from individual defects can be characterised.
• A large group of condensed matter theorists with a powerful computing facility to support the experimental measurements with density field theory calculations.

You should have, or be close to completing, a PhD in Physics, Material Science or a related discipline. The post is initially being offered for 12 months, though following good performance this is expected to be extended.

Please contact Professor Robert Young if you wish to have an informal discussion about this opportunity: Email: Tel: +44 1524 592222.

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