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Higher / Senior Research Scientist, Superconducting Quantum Computing

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About the Role Put simply, we set the standards by which everything is measured. In doing so, the National Physical Laboratory is helping to combat issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases and the development of cutting-edge communications technology. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too. Research sits at the very core of our business. This is your chance to make an impact to our ground-breaking work as you apply your established knowledge and solutions to a range of technical activities. As we're always looking to stretch our capabilities, we'll look to you to spot potential commercial opportunities and to help raise our profile as and when you can. We work as a team here, so any learnings you do make, we'll expect you to share to support in our continued development (you might also turn your hand to mentoring more junior members too). Naturally, you'll keep your technical knowledge up-to-speed with the latest advances and take responsibility for completing your work to the highest standards, on time and within budget. About You Higher/Senior Research Scientist, Superconducting Quantum Computing Test and evaluation of systems and devices for superconducting quantum computing is becoming increasingly important for academia and industry. At NPL this has been an active area of research for several years and is carried out in collaboration with a range of UK and international partners. We are now seeking highly motived full time Higher- and Senior Research scientists to join our team working on superconducting quantum circuits and qubits . These are permanent positions and you will be joining a growing team of leading scientists working in the field of quantum information processing with a focus on metrology. You will have access to state-of-the-art cryogenics and measurement instrumentation and work in a new purpose-built laboratory. We also will consider proposals for joint appointments between NPL and UK based Universities or companies. The role will involve: • measurement and characterisation of superconducting qubits, resonators and other circuit elements • design and modelling of single- and multi-qubit circuits • analysing measurement data using a variety of mathematical tools • research and development of new state-of-the-art measurement capabilities • developing novel metrology for superconducting qubits and quantum processors • working with and supporting academic and industrial partners and help meet their measurement challenges • write and publish articles for publication in leading scientific journals Candidates being considered for a role as Senior Research Scientist will also be expected to help manage projects as well as supervise the work of more junior colleagues. The role will require a good understanding of how to characterise and develop quantum circuits as well as how to use and optimise relevant measurement instrumentation. It requires someone who is interested in working closely with colleagues as well as variety of external partners, with focus on UK industry and academic groups. You will be expected to independently set goals and manage your scientific research projects to deliver on time. You will also be expected to work alongside and support PhD students. At NPL you will be able to engage in a range of projects in quantum metrology, quantum computing and quantum sensing with future opportunities to expand your research portfolio. Skills required • PhD in physics or similar • Knowledge of electronics and electrical measurement techniques with a focus on RF/MW measurements at cryogenic temperatures • Practical experience of design, measurement and characterisation of solid state quantum circuits, preferably involving qubits. • Working knowledge of experimental low-temperature physics, operation of cryogenic systems and dilution refrigerators • Strong communication and presentation skills in English, both written and spoken. Additional beneficial skills • A strong record of publications in the relevant fields • Working experience of microwave modelling and finite-element analysis software (e.g. HFSS, COMSOL • Good level of scientific programming skills (e.g. Python, Matlab, Labber) • Some experience of programming/using FPGAs. About The Company NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and BAME candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme . We're transforming. As a national laboratory, we're exploring even more commercial routes to market and that's presenting us with greater opportunity - for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation. We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person's work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefits . NPL's values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success. As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer. To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we're always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.

3 months ago

Teddington, Greater London, United Kingdom

Full time

National Physical Laboratory

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