Postdoctoral researcher – quantum states of mechanical motion for sensing

Job type: 

Application deadline: 

Sunday, July 31, 2022

As part of the QuantERA consortium "Quantum sensing with nonclassical mechanical oscillators" (ETH, Aalto, ICFO, USN, U. of Malta), the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on the theory of quantum properties of mechanical systems and quantum sensing.

Any previous background in quantum optomechanics, circuit QED, quantum optics or quantum sensing is considered as an advantage, but strong candidates from other fields of physics are encouraged to apply as well.

The topic of the position is the study of quantum states of mechanical systems and their potential usefulness in quantum sensing protocols. The underlying idea is that, by preparing mechanical systems in states exhibiting suitable quantum properties (such as non-Gaussianity and entanglement), it is possible to enhance their performance as detectors in the quantum regime. The successful candidate will establish new theoretical protocols for the preparation of quantum states of mechanical motion. A fundamental aspect of this research will be the study of open quantum systems, quantum control and measurement. The investigation will be performed through a combination of different analytical techniques (I/O formalism, master equation, Green's functions...).

Given the nature of the MQSens consortium, comprising two theoretical and three experimental groups, demonstrated ability to collaborate with experimentalists is considered as an advantage.

The appointment is for a period of two years.

For further information about the position and how to apply, please see: