The Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT) program at the University of Waterloo has several openings for Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDFs).
TQT is a collaborative research initiative led by the University of Waterloo. Building upon the world-renowned strengths of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing, TQT aims to accelerate the development and deployment of impactful quantum devices.
These prestigious positions are available immediately and intended for early-career scientists with an advanced degree (PhD). The selected fellow(s) will join the research group of a Principal Investigator through a TQT-funded project, and contribute to the collaborative TQT research community.
Principal Investigator:Na Young Kim Project: Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Quantum Electronic Devices Research Area: CNT material growth/processing and device fabrications, low-temperature cryogenic transport measurements, Design/Modeling of CNT quantum electronic devices Relevant Fields: Physics, Chemistry, Material Science Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electric Engineering or equivalent field Required Skills: Experience of nano fabrication, Chemical processing (E-beam lithography, Photolithography, metallization wet/dry etching, device packaging, sonication, glove-box experience etc), Characterization (AFM/SEM/TEM/UV-VIS/Raman), CNT or nanowire/2D material growth is a plus. Software: Python, Matlab, Mathematica, COMSOL, Schroedinger-Poisson Solver, C/C++, Number of Openings: 1
Principal Investigator:David G. Cory Project: Quantum dynamics of cavity interactions with spin ensembles The project involves both theory and experiment. Number of Openings: TBD
Principal Investigator:David G. Cory Project: Methods for coherent control and validation The project involves both theory and experiment. Number of Openings: TBD
Principal Investigator:David G. Cory Project: Superconducting electronics in magnetic fields for spin control The project involves both theory and experiment. Number of Openings: TBD
Principal Investigators: David G. Cory and Lea Santos Research Area: Quantum information and many-body quantum systems out of equilibrium. Required skills: Programming experience Relevant fields: Quantum computation Number of Openings: One.
Principal Investigator:Chris Wilson Project: Novel superconducting qubits for error-corrected processors Research Area: Experimental quantum computation Relevant Fields: Quantum computing, superconducting qubits, quantum error correction Required Skills: superconducting qubits and quantum circuits, microwave electronics, low-temperature physics, micro- and nano-fabrication Number of Openings: 1
Principal Investigator:Dmitry Pushin Project Name: Applications of neutron interferometry and structured neutron beams. Research Area: Experimental condensed matter physics and neutron scattering Relevant Fields: Phase transitions, topological materials, neutron optics, matter wave interferometry Required skills: Hands-on experience with low temperature apparatus, handling brittle and sensitive materials, knowledge of quantum mechanics and condensed matter physics. Number of Openings: 1
Principal Investigator:Dmitry Pushin Project Name: Structured matter-wave and electromagnetic wave beams and their applications. Research Area: Experimental condensed matter physics and quantum optics Relevant Fields: Phase transitions, topological materials, quantum optics Required Skills: Hands-on experience with optic and quantum optics elements, handling brittle and sensitive materials, knowledge of quantum mechanics and condensed matter physics. Number of Openings: 1
Principal Investigator:Adam Wei Tsen Project Name: Two-dimensional quantum materials and heterostructures Research Area: Two-dimensional materials, nanoscience Relevant Fields: Condensed matter physics Required Skills: Nanofabrication, optics and/or electron transport measurements Number of Openings: 1
Principal Investigator:Christine Muschik Research Area: Theoretical quantum optics Relevant Fields: Quantum Networks, Quantum Simulations Required Skills: Experience in theoretical quantum optics Number of Openings: 2
Principal Investigator:Michael Reimer Collaborator(s): Michal Bajcsy Project Name: Hybrid quantum repeater node Research Area: Experimental quantum information processing and telecommunication Relevant Fields: Quantum optics, AMO, Solid-state nanophotonics Required Skills: Experimental and theoretical quantum optics; nanofabrication and/or atom cooling and trapping Number of Openings: 1
Principal Investigator:Michal Bajcsy Collaborator(s): Chris Wilson Project Name: On-chip microwave-optical quantum interface Research Area: Experimental quantum information processing Relevant Fields: solid-state nano photonics, superconducting quantum circuits Required Skills: experimental and theoretical quantum optics (microwave and/or optical domain), nano fabrication, experience with superconducting circuits and/or solid state quantum emitters Number of openings: 1
Principal Investigator:Michal Bajcsy Project Name: On-chip microwave-optical quantum interface Research Area: Experimental quantum information processing Relevant Fields: solid-state nano photonics, superconducting quantum circuits Required Skills: experimental and theoretical quantum optics (microwave and/or optical domain), nano fabrication, experience with superconducting circuits and/or solid state quantum emitters Number of Openings: 1
Principal Investigator: Michal Bajcsy Project Name: Hybrid quantum repeater node Research Area: Experimental quantum information processing and telecommunication Relevant Fields: Quantum optics, AMO, Solid-state nanophotonics Required Skills: Experimental and theoretical quantum optics; nanofabrication and/or atom cooling and trapping Number of Openings: 1
Principal Investigator:Matteo Mariantoni Project Name: The Pocketmon Transmon Quantum Bit Research Area: The successful applicant will work on the design and experimental implementation of a new type of superconducting quantum bit (qubit): The pocketmon transmon qubit. This device is based on a thermocompression bonding technology developed at the Digital Quantum Matter (DQM) Lab [C.R.H. McRae, … M. Mariantoni, Thermocompression bonding technology for multilayer superconducting quantum circuits, Appl. Phys. Lett. 111, 123501 (2017)]. The main goal is to fabricate a virtually ideal capacitor with vacuum dielectric. This will lead to a qubit with very long coherence times (estimated to be at least four-five times longer than present transmon qubits). The work will require both a cleanroom and a lab/measurement component. The DQM Lab is already fully operational with two functional dilution refrigerators, one of which is fully devoted to qubit measurements. Relevant Fields: Superconducting quantum computing; microwave engineering; three-dimensional packaging. Required Skills: We look for applicants with a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in superconducting qubits or microwave engineering, or both. The applicant must be an experimentalist. Additionally, expertise on wafer-bonding technologies or qubit fabrication techniques are considered a strong plus.
Principal Investigator:Thomas Jennewein Project Name: Interfaces for Satellite based Quantum Channels Research Area: Sensing and Communication Role: Some of the best and most interested quantum emitters and quantum memory devices are operating an optical wavelength ranges not suitable for satellite-based quantum communication. This PDF role is for designing and demonstrating novel applications in quantum communications and quantum metrology using quantum channels in free space, in particular with optical wavelength translators and interfaces using nonlinear optics. The PDF will work in a team with graduate students. Required Skills: Experimental quantum optics, non-linear optics, ultra-fast optics, quantum communication and sensing protocols Number of Openings: 1
Principal Investigator:Thomas Jennewein Project Name: Phase-encoding for Satellite-based Quantum channels Research Area: Quantum Communication Role: We will study implementations of quantum communication in free-space and with satellites using phase-encoding and continuous-variable schemes. The PDF will study implementations of such protocols and schemes with particular emphasis under the issues of fluctuating and turbulent free-space channel. The PDF is expected to work on the electronics for homodyne receiver as well as the implementation of outdoor tests. Required Skills: Experimental quantum optics, non-linear optics, detector electronics, RF electronics, quantum protocols Number of Openings: To be determined
Principal Investigator:David Hawthorn Project Name: Inverse Photoemission spectroscopy of Quantum Materials Research Area: Experimental Quantum Materials, Superconductivity Relevant Fields: Condensed matter physics, High Temperature Superconductivity, Topological Materials Required Skills: Experimental condensed matter physics, experience with instrument design, ultra-high vacuum and photo-electron spectroscopies are an asset Number of Openings: 1
The above appointments are for two years with the possibility of renewal. The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The Principal Investigators are especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
To learn more, you may contact the PI above corresponding to your area of interest. To apply, please forward your curriculum vitae (CV), list of publications, and contact information for two references to the appropriate PI listed above (or the first PI in the case that more than one is listed).
The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity and is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority in the recruitment process.
About Transformative Quantum Technologies
The Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT) program at the University of Waterloo aims to advance the use of quantum mechanics from laboratory curiosity to an impactful device. TQT builds upon the world-renowned strengths of the Institute for Quantum Computing and brings together quantum researchers across campus and beyond to accelerate quantum research excellence.
Today, there are quantum devices that work outside of the lab and are ready for adoption in broad areas of society. TQT will develop new quantum devices and work with early adopters to explore potential applications.
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