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Research Associate in Hardware Security Devices

Salary:   £27,831 to £32,236
Closing Date:   Tuesday 23 July 2019
Interview Date:   Monday 29 July 2019
Reference:  A2722

Lancaster University’s Quantum Technology Centre (QTC) invites applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate to develop semiconductor security devices in collaboration with a spin-out company, Quantum Base ( The role will involve the use of state-of-the-art equipment housed in the QTC (see to fabricate and test novel devices. The project will develop an integrated solution for securing communications between smart devices, with a focus on cars. 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 fabrication and testing of semiconductor devices 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 sixth in the Complete University Guide for 2020. 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. 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, Computer Science or a related discipline. This full time post is initially being offered for eighteen 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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