Postdoctoral researcher: Optimal control and thermodynamics in solid-state qubits

A three-year postdoctoral position in theoretical and computational quantum physics is available to work with Prof. Paul Eastham, in the Quantum Light and Matter group (https://www.tcd.ie/physics/research/groups/qlamg/) at the School of Physics Trinity College Dublin. The work aims to investigate heat transfer and dissipation in quantum devices, using combinations of numerical and analytical approaches to design optimal methods for implementing quantum processes in devices such as superconducting circuits and diamond vacancies. The project involves collaboration with Profs. Brendon Lovett and Jonathan Keeling in the University of St Andrews in Scotland, as well as with leading experimental groups. Successful candidates will have a PhD in a relevant area of physics and demonstrated ability at theoretical and computational work. Experience of working in areas such as open quantum systems, optimal control, and solid-state qubits, especially superconducting circuits or diamond vacancies, would be beneficial. The project is theoretical but applicants with backgrounds in both experiment and theory are welcome. The ability and motivation to work with a variety of other researchers, including both theorists and experimentalists, is essential, and strong communication skills would be an advantage.

The appointment will be at level 2A/2B (New Postdoctoral Researcher/Experienced Postdoctoral Researcher) of the SFI Team Member scale depending on experience. The starting salary will be E42,000-48,000 (2A) or E50,000 (2B). The position is available immediately and would ideally start no later than 1st March 2023, but flexibility is possible.

Applications should send a CV, including publications list and the name of two referees, to easthamp@tcd.ie, along with a cover letter explaining their interest in the position. Informal enquiries by email are welcome. All applications are welcome and applications from underrepresented groups encouraged. Applications will be considered until the post is filled.

 

PhD position: Optimal control and thermodynamics in solid-state qubits

A fully funded four-year PhD position in theoretical quantum physics is available to work with Prof. Paul Eastham, in the Quantum Light and Matter group (https://www.tcd.ie/physics/research/groups/qlamg/)  at the School of Physics in Trinity College Dublin.

The work aims to investigate heat transfer and dissipation in quantum devices, using combinations of numerical and analytical approaches to design optimal methods for implementing quantum processes in devices such as superconducting circuits and diamond vacancies. The project involves collaboration with Profs. Brendon Lovett and Jonathan Keeling in the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, as well as collaboration with leading experimental groups. Successful candidates will have an undergraduate degree in Physics. Interest in quantum technology and areas such as open quantum systems, optimal control, and solid-state qubits, especially superconducting circuits or diamond vacancies, would be beneficial. The project is theoretical but an interest in both experiment and theory would be helpful. The ability and motivation to work with a variety of other researchers, including both theorists and experimentalists, is also beneficial, and strong communication skills would be an advantage.

The position is fully funded for an EU/UK applicant, covering fees and a tax-free stipend of E18,500 per annum. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach in the School for which additional payment is made. The position is available immediately and would ideally start no later than 1st March 2023, but flexibility is possible.

Applications should send a CV and the name of at least two referees, to easthamp@tcd.ie along with a cover letter explaining their interest in the position. Informal enquiries by email are welcome. All applications are welcome and applications from underrepresented groups encouraged. Applications will be considered until the post is filled.

Speculative applications

I am happy to consider self-funded students, and mentor postgrads and postdocs who wish to apply for external funding. Good opportunities include the Irish Research Council's postgrad and postdoc schemes.

Possible topics for PhDs include those in the general area of Theory of Quantum Light and Matter, including dynamical phases of polariton condensates; photonic topological quantum computers; quantum control and decoherence in solid-state qubits.