Scanning probe scientist for atomic electronics

Research group leader: Professor Michelle Simmons
Salary range: AU $102-164k plus 17 per cent employer superannuation and leave loading
Contract: Three years fixed term with possible extension

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This is a prestigious research position, within a dynamic and highly collaborative international research environment. The role is based at Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd, a start-up company attached to the headquarters of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. The company is a unique start-up, being a public-private partnership between industry, government and UNSW Sydney that seeks to commercialise silicon quantum computing technology being developed in Australia – technology that has the potential to revolutionise computing worldwide.

The successful candidate will join the world-leading team of Professor Michelle Simmons, who has an international reputation for developing a radical new technology for building precision single atom qubits in silicon. With the recent demonstration of single atom qubits in natural silicon with world record coherence times and the highest fidelity single shot spin read-out, this group is poised to scale to 10-qubit architectures within the next five years.

This position will provide an ambitious scanning probe microscopist with a globally unique opportunity to design, characterise and measure multi-qubit devices relevant to the development of a silicon-based quantum computer. The scanning probe scientist for atomic electronics will be required to fabricate atomic-scale silicon devices with controlled dopant profiles. The research includes the development of architectures and techniques for the detection and control of individual spins in silicon, the controlled coupling between them, and the coherent transport of quantum information in a 10-qubit design.

This is one of more than 20 positions currently open for applications. View the full list of available roles.

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RESPONSIBILITIES

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

Level B

  • Design, fabricate and measure internationally unique atomic-scale, multi-qubit devices in silicon using scanning probe lithography and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE).
  • Conduct research aligned with SQC’s overall research agenda to reach 10 qubits within the next five years under the guidance of the Director SQC/Centre Director.
  • Operation and maintenance of Omicron Nanotechnology variable temperature scanning probe microscope.
  • Publishing of both patents and high impact papers in high quality international research journals and presentations at international conferences.
  • Ensure that the work for which they are responsible is carried out in ways, which safeguard the OHS of staff or students in their charge and visitors, including contractors whom they engage.

Level C
In addition to the above:

  • Assisting the Director in the supervision of research staff and students to ensure rapid prototyping.
  • Proactively develop an optimisation program for high device yield.
  • Make a significant contribution to the rapidly accelerating field of quantum information.
  • Broad administrative functions.

Level D
In addition to the above:

  • Assume a significant role in research projects including, where appropriate, leadership of a research team.
  • High level administrative functions.

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ESSENTIAL SELECTION CRITERIA

Level B

  • PhD (or equivalent) in Experimental Physics and/or materials science.
  • Demonstrated experience in one of the following areas is required:
    • STM of semiconductor surfaces, preferably silicon;
    • high resolution STM-lithography;
    • single atom manipulation; or
    • spin measurements by STM.
  • Proven track record publishing in high quality international journals.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to co-supervise honours and postgraduate students.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to liaise effectively with all stakeholders.
  • Well-organised, attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to think logically, create solutions and make informed decisions.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a team where credit is shared.
  • Ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Ability to implement equal opportunity and diversity policies and programs.

Level C
In addition to the above:

  • Over three years' postdoctoral experience in a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research with limited supervision at an internationally recognised level in scanning probe microscopy.
  • Strong international track record in scanning probe microscopy as demonstrated by publications.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising honours and postgraduate students.

Level D
In addition to the above:

  • Demonstrated experience conducting independent original/innovative research, actively contributing to the advancement of knowledge in relevant subject area/s at a national and international level.
  • Demonstrated experience in mentoring postdoctoral fellows

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Closing date: Applications close at 11:59pm on 31 December 2017 AEDT. We encourage all candidates to complete the application process as soon as possible. Potential start dates are negotiable for the successful candidate.

Contact: michelle [dot] simmons @unsw.edu.au

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An appointment to this position is subject to the approval of Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd. Personal information submitted as part of an application for this position may be disclosed to SQC for the purpose of processing the application.

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