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NPL: Cold Atom Interferometry - Higher Research Scientist

25 April 2017  
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Cold Atom Interferometry - Higher Research Scientist


Fixed Term

£32 000 - £35 000

Closing date:
7th May 2017

Job Description

The UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) sits at the intersection between scientific discovery and real world application. One of the top three National Measurement Institutes (NMIs) in the world, we now have a regional presence and strategic relationships with Surrey and Strathclyde Universities. Our expertise and original research have benefited UK citizens and the UK economy for over a century.
Quantum Physicist /Experimentalist / Research Scientist

Three Year Fixed Term Contract

Time, Quantum & Electromagnetics (TQEM) division has an expanding portfolio of work in quantum clocks, quantum sensors, quantum communications and quantum computing; including atomic and laser physics, solid state physics and electromagnetics serving the needs of multiple customers across government and industry along with various European and international stakeholders. Research and development activities span both the fundamental and applied sciences; and technologies from concept to commercialisation. Quantum sensing is a core competency and critical capability within the division.

This is a research role and the candidate will be a part of a world leading quantum sensor (inertial and physical) capability within the QMI; and will contribute towards the delivery of extraordinary impact through excellence in science. The candidate will work on free space waveguide and chip based systems using laser-cooled atoms confined by optical and / or magnetic fields.

The candidate will be working on a high profile atom interferometry project that is a key part of a broader quantum technology initiative. The research is pioneering and based on the use of laser cooled Rubidium atoms. The role will involve research and development of quantum interferometry for a variety of sensing applications; including accelerometers, gyroscopes, gravimeters and electromagnetic sensors. There is considerable scope for publishing new science in high impact journals and to take the research to high levels of technology readiness as a part of the exploitation strategy surrounding this project.

The work includes the building of optical laser systems for laser cooling and trapping of Rb atoms and UHV systems for coherent manipulation with the ultra-cold atomic ensembles.
Skills and experience required:-

• The candidate should have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant topic and experience in atomic physics experiments, which are using lasers, optical and UHV systems.
• Good knowledge of Labview and other scientific programming languages would be an advantage.
• The candidate should be self-motivated and be able to work was part of a team (currently circa 5 quantum physicists and 6 PhD students).
• Experience bidding for and winning grants and or commercial contracts would be desirable.
The division has state-of-the-art facilities and significant investment is planned to develop these. There is also a large pool of PhD students based at NPL supporting the various TQEM projects adding to a vibrant environment to exchange ideas and explore the science of Quantum Metrology.
Based in a unique, purpose-built research environment, we are located in beautiful surroundings on the edge of Bushy Park, south-west London with a host of onsite facilities. These include a subsidised crèche, restaurant, free parking and our own sports and social club.

NPL Management Limited is committed to supporting its people to develop both personally and professionally and is committed to equal opportunities. NPL Management Limited is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter.

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