Solid state physicist (theory and modelling)

Research group leader: Professor Andrew Dzurak
Salary range: AU $123-164k plus 17 per cent employer superannuation and leave loading
Contract: Three years fixed term with possible extension


Andrew Dzurak is a Scientia Professor within the School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications. His research group studies a range of topics in silicon-based quantum computing, nanoelectronics and nanofabrication. His group has access to a dedicated cryo-electrical measurement laboratory with four dilution refrigerators, other supporting cryo-systems, and advanced high frequency and microwave electronics. The group also utilises the experimental facilities of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, of which Prof Dzurak is Director. His research is supported through a range of funding sources including the US Army Research Office, the Australian Research Council, and, in the case of this position, a research contract with Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd. His research group currently comprises six postdoctoral fellows and 11 postgraduate and undergraduate research students. The Australian National Fabrication Facility is supported by a further 13 technical and administrative staff.

This physicist or engineer will join a team, led by Scientia Professor Andrew Dzurak, focused on the development of silicon-MOS-based quantum dot qubits that are compatible with wafer-scale CMOS manufacturing. Over the past 4 years the team has demonstrated the world’s first two-qubit quantum logic gate in silicon and one-qubit gates with control fidelities that are compatible with fault-tolerant quantum computing.

The successful candidate will be an experienced solid-state theorist who has experience with the simulation and modelling of silicon nanoelectronic and/or quantum devices. This physicist or engineer will be required to engage in full quantum mechanical simulations of silicon quantum dot devices, in order to calculate key multi-qubit operational parameters, including energy barriers, tunnel rates, and spin dephasing and relaxation times.

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Specific responsibilities for this role include:

Level C

  • Simulation/modelling of silicon-CMOS quantum dot multi-qubit devices in support of Professor Dzurak’s core research goals. The research will include:
    • Full quantum mechanical simulations of silicon quantum dot devices;
    • Calculation of key multi-qubit operational parameters, including energy barriers, tunnel rates, and spin dephasing and relaxation times;
    • Contributing to conceptual advances in the operation of high fidelity qubits.
  • Contribution to the development of CMOS-compatible 10-qubit systems, as supported by a research contract funded by Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd.
  • Make original contributions to research in the area of expertise and assume a significant role in the research project, and where appropriate, leadership of a research team.
  • Prepare manuscripts for submission to prestigious international journals, production of conference and seminar papers and publications from that research.
  • Involvement in professional activities including, subject to availability of funds, attendance at conferences and seminars in the field of expertise.
  • Involvement, where appropriate, in the promotion of research links with outside bodies.
  • Support the commercialisation of research outcomes and development of intellectual property.
  • Supervision of research-support and administrative staff involved in the staff member’s research.
  • Training and supervision of undergraduate and graduate research students as required.
  • Broad administrative functions including various research-related administrative functions.
  • Attendance at meetings associated with research or the work of the organisational unit to which the research is connected and/or departmental and/or faculty meetings.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.
  • Ensure hazards and risks are identified and controlled for tasks, projects and activities that pose a health and safety risk within your area of responsibility.

Level D
In addition to the Level C duties and responsibilities:

  • Conducts innovative research in the field of expertise and actively contributes to the advancement of research in the field, including publication of outcomes in high quality research outlets and achievement of high international impact.
  • Play a significant role in the leadership of the research project.
  • Significant contribution to the commercialisation of research outcomes and development of intellectual property.
  • Provide leadership in developing significant productive relationships and engagement with industry and the community, as relevant to the research project.
  • High level administrative functions.
  • Significant contributions to all activities of the research team/department/faculty.



Level C

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering or Physics, or equivalent accreditation.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research supported by an excellent track record of publications, conference papers, patents, reports and/or professional and/or technical contributions related to silicon-based nanoelectronic device modelling.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact well within a diverse research team and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with members of the wider community.
  • Demonstrated experience with the theory and/or modelling of spin qubit systems is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience with the theory and/or modelling of quantum dot systems is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience with semiconductor device modelling software (such as Synopsis TCAD) is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in HDR student supervision.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.
  • Ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures.

Level D
In addition to the Level C selection criteria:

  • Significant track record in research leadership with demonstrated experience conducting original/innovative research with outcomes of high quality, actively contributing to the advancement of knowledge in relevant subject area/s at a national and international level.
  • Demonstrated success in mentoring high calibre postdoctoral fellows / junior researchers.
  • Demonstrated leadership in building engagement and partnerships with the profession and industry.


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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: a [dot] dzurak


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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