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Chair in Experimental Quantum Communications

Department
York Centre for Quantum Technologies
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Full-time
Contract status
Open
Salary
Commensurate with experience on the Professorial scale, current minimum 63,837 a year
Interview Date
27 & 28 February 2020
Posted Date
02/12/2019
Apply by
19/01/2020
Job Reference
8240
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Role Description

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The York Centre for Quantum Technologies (YCQT) is an interdisciplinary centre that includes activities in the departments of Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Mathematics and Physics. YCQT also hosts the leadership of the UK Quantum Communications Hub, with Professor Tim Spiller as the Director of both the Centre and the national Hub. The Quantum Communications Hub has been awarded further EPSRC funding for a five-year Phase 2 through to 2024. This new Hub collaboration will again be led by York. 

This new Chair in Experimental Quantum Communications is a key appointment for the YCQT. Dependent upon your preferences and research portfolio, the potential for collaborations (experimental and theoretical) with current York staff, and laboratory requirements, the Chair could be based in one of the departments associated to the YCQT, or be a joint appointment. The Chair will also be supported by a Lectureship appointment along with major start-up investment. 

The Role
Your role will be to establish experimental activity in quantum communications at York. You will be supported with suitable laboratory facilities and significant start-up funding. You will also be expected to take on teaching and administrative responsibilities commensurate with the position, carrying out these activities to a high standard. Given the evolving landscape of academic research in this sector, applications in growth areas are particularly encouraged. Examples include, but are not restricted to: 

  • Quantum key distribution (QKD) with novel or entangled states of light
  • Advanced quantum networking
  • Device-independent and measurement-device-independent QKD
  • Communication technologies and applications beyond QKD 
  • Quantum communications in space

We welcome applications from candidates with research interests in any areas of experimental quantum communications. 

Key requirements:

  • PhD relevant to experimental quantum communications
  • An outstanding track record of internationally-recognised contributions to the advancement of knowledge in quantum communications
  • Ability to define, lead, manage and attract funds for internationally excellent research, operating across disciplinary boundaries
  • International leader in quantum communications, leadership of relevant research group/theme
  • Demonstrable capacity for strategic thinking and planning
  • Significant and sustained success in accessing research grants and other external funding

Salary will be commensurate with experience on the professorial scale, current minimum £63,837 per annum.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Tim Spiller (timothy.spiller@york.ac.uk). Alternatively for a confidential discussion contact Paul Ellison (Recruitment Adviser) on +44 (0)1904 324865.

Closing Date: 19 January 2020
Interview Date: 27 & 28 February 2020

Why York
The University of York is a highly successful institution with a strong commitment to excellence in research and teaching. The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

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