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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Experiment & Technology Development

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National Physical Laboratory, Teddington
Hours of work
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Fixed term
31,076 - 38,183 a year
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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Experiment and Technology Development

Ref: 5720

A Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) post is available in the area of quantum communications, based at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), partner of the EPSRC Quantum Communications Hub, which is led by the University of York. You will establish the measurement infrastructure required for characterising quantum-optical hardware developed within the Hub consortium, through development of new techniques and by using bespoke instrumentation. You will also be responsible for establishing a quantum communications node at NPL as part of the UK Quantum Network.

Main responsibilities will include carrying out individual and collaborative research projects to include: the analysis and interpretation of research data, use of appropriate techniques and methods, writing up research results for dissemination, contributing to the identification of new research areas and to the preparation of research proposals to external bodies. The successful candidate will need to possess a PhD in a research area relevant to quantum technologies (from a Physics, Maths, Computer Science, Engineering or related subject background), as well as: knowledge relevant for quantum communications technologies research and development; ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals; ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; competency to make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events; experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research.

Informal technical enquiries regarding this PDRA post may be made to: Dr Alastair Sinclair (

Informal enquiries regarding the Quantum Communications Hub may be made to: Professor Tim Spiller (, +44(0)1904 322254).

The post is full-time (37 hours per week) and is available up to the end of November 2019.

Salary will be within the range £31,076 to £38,183 a year.

Closing date: 6 July 2017

Interviews: w/c 7 August 2017 at the NPL, Teddington

Athena Swan Silver

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