Nanofabrication/process development

Research group leader: Professor Andrea Morello
Salary range: AU $102–144k plus 17 per cent employer superannuation and leave loading
Contract: Three years fixed term with possible extension


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.

This position is part of a team working towards a prototype quantum processor assembled from donor-based spin qubits in silicon. The team, headed by Professor Andrea Morello, has made several landmark demonstrations towards this goal over the past 5 years, including the world’s first single-atom spin qubit in silicon and single-qubit gate fidelities amongst the highest for any solid-state qubit.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the fabrication effort for producing donor-based qubit devices and superconducting circuits. Access to the UNSW node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility will provide with the necessary advanced fabrication and characterisation tools for producing a range of quantum-enabled devices relevant to the project.

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



Specific responsibilities for this role include:

Level B

  • Conduct research with a multidisciplinary team of technicians, engineers, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students to devise donor-based spin qubit device architectures.
  • Contribute to the fabrication effort for producing donor-based qubit device and superconducting circuits through:
    o Developing suitable fabrication process flows for producing such devices
    o Fabricating complex silicon multi-qubit processing chips
    o Fabricating superconducting resonator circuits and hybrid donor-superconductor devices
    o Performing basic characterisation of stock and completed devices for optimisation of process flows
    o Liaising with the ion implantation team in Melbourne to design and fabricate single-ion detectors, integrated with the rest of the process flow.
  • Develop and maintain the documentation on the fabrication processes.
  • Prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals and present results at conferences at required.
  • Assist with the commercialisation of research outcomes and development of intellectual property.
  • Co-supervision of HDR students as required.
  • Where appropriate, perform administrative functions.
  • Develop safe work procedures for new equipment and be responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and training of students if required and ensuring hazards and risks are identified and controlled for tasks, projects and activities that pose a health and safety risk within your area of responsibility.
  • 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

Level C
In addition to the above:

  • Assume a significant role in the research project, and where appropriate, leadership of a research team.
  • Provide strategic input to the design and development of the research project, updating goals and milestones to reflect advancements in the state-of-the-art of the discipline.
  • Prepare manuscripts for submission to prestigious international journals and present results at conferences.
  • Support the commercialisation of research outcomes and development of intellectual property.
  • Supervision of HDR students as required.
  • Broad administrative functions



Level B

  • A PhD in the Physical Sciences or Engineering, with at least 3 years of experience working in a clean room environment (including time spent during PhD).
  • Demonstrated experience working in an industrial or university silicon MOS fabrication environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in cleanroom fabrication techniques for creating MOS devices and superconducting circuits (including, but not limited to: optical lithography, electron beam lithography, metal deposition, atomic layer deposition as well as wet and dry etching).
  • Demonstrated ability to produce multi-layer MOS devices at the nano-scale.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the characterisation techniques for MOS devices, such as CV and IV measurements, SEM, TEM and an understanding of cryogenic measurement techniques.
  • Strong publication record in the area of semiconductor nanofabrication in top, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Prior experience in managing a research project and setting research targets.
  • Prior experience of co-supervising HDR students.
  • Excellent IT skills, including experience with word processing such as MS-WORD, LaTex or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to manage competing priorities to meet project deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to think logically, create solutions and make informed decisions.
  • 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 C
In addition to the above:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and substantial research experience in academia or in industry.
  • Excellent research track record in the discipline area as evidenced by conference presentations and publications.
  • Demonstrated relevant experience in a large-scale semiconductor fabrication foundry.
  • Demonstrated track record in developing and applying novel semiconductor fabrication processes.
  • Demonstrated experience in HDR student supervision


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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] morello


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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