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Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
33,309 - 40,927 per year
Interview Date
19 November 2021
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Role Description


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.


The successful candidate will be a dynamic researcher with a good record of publications. Their role will be to support the deployment of a Continuous-Variable Quantum Key Distribution (CV-QKD) network in collaboration with academic colleagues and industrial partners working on the same project. CV-QKD is a form of QKD that promises high compatibility with existing optical networks due to its excellent filtering properties.

The new research associate will conduct research in the labs of the University of York and will collaborate with the thriving quantum community in York, which counts world-renowned researchers from the York-led Quantum Communications Hub and from the York Centre for Quantum Technologies, an interdisciplinary centre that includes activities in the departments of Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Mathematics and Physics.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • PhD in Physics, Electronic Engineering or equivalent experience
  • Expertise in experimental quantum communications
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, without constant and close supervision
  • Experience of writing up research work for publication
  • Attention to detail and commitment to quality
  • Ability to prioritise in order to meet deadlines

Interview date: 19 November 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact Prof Marco Lucamarini, Chair of Experimental Quantum Communications on  or Dr Rupesh Parapatil Subramanian on Alternatively you can contact


The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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