Microwave engineer

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.

We are seeking a candidate with experience in cryogenic microwave engineering and circuit design to help develop control and measurement electronics relevant to the development of a silicon-based quantum computer.

The research program will include the development of experimental wiring and microwave electronics used in high frequency multi-qubit experiments for the detection and control of individual spins in silicon, the controlled coupling between them, and the coherent transport of quantum information. The candidate will assist with the design of microwave antennas, PCB design and waveguides for delivering control signals to qubits and detecting their quantum states, including customised electronic circuits compatible with cryogenic measurements.

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

  • Develop and perform low noise, high frequency measurements of multi-qubit devices in silicon.
  • 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.
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team of quantum physicists, engineers, technicians, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students to establish optimal setups for performing multi-qubit operations.
  • Simulate and design RF and microwave circuits (resonators, filters, amplifiers) using commercial software packages.
  • Design and manufacture custom multi-layered PCB circuits and specialised electronic circuits.
  • Operate and maintain specialised electronic equipment (digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, signal generators, high frequency signal generators, DACs and ADCs).
  • Operation of a high frequency, low noise cryogenic dilution refrigerator.
  • 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.
  • Assist with the maintenance of laboratory computer hardware and software infrastructure.
  • Publishing of both patents and high impact papers in high quality international research journals and presentations at international conferences.

Level C
In addition to the above:

  • Assisting the Director in the supervision of research staff and students.
  • Make a significant contribution to the 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

  • An undergraduate degree in physics, electrical engineering and/or RF experimental physics or equivalent and at least 3 years of experience in designing microwave circuits in either a commercial or academic environment.
  • Experience of high frequency (GHz) measurement techniques and microwave engineering.
  • Proficient with the use of commercial microwave simulation software packages (eg AWR Microwave Office, CST, COMSOL).
  • Proficient with designing, optimising, and testing microwave components on PCBs.
  • Experience with electronic system design, component selection, layout, fabrication and testing.
  • Experience with using common RF and microwave test equipment (eg signal generators, spectrum analysers, network analysers, power meters, oscilloscopes).
  • Excellent IT skills, including experience with word processing such as MS-WORD, LaTex or equivalent.
  • Proven track record publishing in high quality international journals.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Willingness and capacity to implement required OHS policies and safe work practices.
  • Ability to implement equal opportunity and diversity policies and programs.

Level C
In addition to the above:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research with limited supervision at an internationally recognised level in high frequency, low noise cryogenic measurement.

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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