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Research Associate in Quantum Cryptography

Computer Science
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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A Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position is available in the area of quantum technologies, supported by EPSRC’s Quantum Communications Hub ( The Hub, led by the University of York, is a major collaboration between several universities and industrial partners and funding has just been announced for five more years. The role of the Hub is to develop new quantum communications technologies as part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.  This post is specifically to work with Prof Stefano Pirandola on high-rate CVQKD systems for secure communication in fibre, free-space and satellite links. These systems will be based on theoretical work, including protocol optimisation and channel capacity analysis, for various types of thermal-loss environments. Advanced quantum encoding and data processing techniques will be incorporated in order to greatly improve the practical robustness of these new systems.


The role holder is required to undertake the duties below:

  • To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research
  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects   
  • To provide guidance to other staff and students, as required, as well as coordinating the work of small research teams
  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects, duties to include: analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications,  seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research
  • To undertake appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project, including conference organisation, and the development of promotional or educational material including website maintenance and development
  • To assist with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise.   

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

The candidate should have the following essential specifications:

  • First degree in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Electronic or Electrical Engineering, or similar
  • Doctoral level research experience in quantum information (PhD or working towards PhD), PhD desirable
  • Expertise in quantum cryptographyand security proofs
  • Knowledge of continuous variable quantum information and/or quantum optics
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Experience of writing up research work for publication
  • Competency and experience to conduct individual and collaborative research projects
  • Ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using own initiative

This is a fixed term contract for 24 months.

Interview date:  20 November 2020

For informal enquiries: please contact Stefano Pirandola on

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