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Research Associate - CV - QKD for Free-Space Communications

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A fixed-term post-graduate / post-doctoral position is available until the end of March 2021 in the Department of Physics, to work in the group of Professor Tim Spiller, on an Innovate UK- funded project to design and build prototype research-led receivers for satellite QKD.

The Department of Physics is at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world-leading research centres, focused around biophysics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics and fusion energy at the York Plasma Institute. As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups. We promote good practice and a strong culture of equality in higher education, and are proud of our Juno Champion Award and Athena SWAN Silver Award.


Based at the University of York, you will work as part of an industry / research consortium established to design and build prototype receivers for use in satellite quantum communications. You will be part of the York team focusing on development of a receiver for continuous variable communication. This will include conducting research on and around the interface between the free-space link, the receiver, and, in particular, the required post-processing. You will also help write-up and disseminate research results, coordinate joint publications and further contribute to the identification of possible new areas of research. You will also participate in seminar and conference presentations, public engagement and outreach activities.


Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

You will have a first degree in Physics or a related discipline, and an appropriate post-graduate degree relevant to free-space communications, preferably quantum communications. A PhD and/or significant relevant experience would be an advantage.  You will have experience of quantum and / or classical information processing, as well as commitment to research-led engineering solutions. An interest in the transmission of classical data across free-space or wireless links would be beneficial. You will need to be self-motivated with a strong work ethic, but also willing to work as part of a research team. You will need to have commitment to communicating science through publication. You will also have ability and experience in developing research projects and objectives, conducting research projects and working in a harmonious team. 

The post is full-time, fixed-term until the end of March 2021, and is available as soon as possible.

Salary from £32,236 to £36,261 on grade 6 of the University’s salary scales.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Rupesh Kumar ( and Mr Klitos Andrea (

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