Postdoctoral Appointee - Quantum Materials Lab
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Location: Lemont, IL
- Job Number: 7136810 (Ref #: 415460)
- Posting Date: Mar 29, 2023
- Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
The Quantum Materials Lab working within Q-NEXT, the Center for Molecular Engineering, the Materials Science Division (MSD) at Argonne National Lab (ANL) is looking for a joint experimental postdoctoral candidate for novel research exploring optically active point defects in wide-bandgap semiconductors. A successful candidate will be part of a dynamic team of scientists within Q-NEXT and the MSD QIS Group lead by David Awschalom at ANL and the University of Chicago (UChicago) conducting a wide range of research on optically active point defects in solid-state host materials, quantum optics, solid-state spins, quantum emitters, quantum memory, quantum transduction and quantum interconnects.
The candidate will develop advanced optical measurements for spin manipulation and explore central spin and spin bath phenomena (i.e. noise spectroscopy) in combination with growth synthesis efforts, and explore mechanisms to link disparate spin systems via photons, phonons, and magnons for hybrid quantum approaches. The candidate will primarily be responsible for designing, building, and operating confocal microscopy experiments studying defects in quantum materials. The candidate is expected to seek collaborations with other scientists within Q-NEXT and MSD, and UChicago and Argonne more broadly, as well as mentor graduate students from the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and Center for Molecular Engineering at UChicago and Argonne respectively.
The candidate is expected to publish results in a refereed journal and make oral presentations at meetings, conferences, symposia, and seminars. They are expected to maintain a knowledge of the latest developments in the field and related groups through interactions and collaborative efforts. The candidate will also participate in maintaining technical reports and other documents associated with the operation of the quantum materials labs, along with reports on experimental progress, technical developments, and new initiatives to peer reviews and program managers.
Major Action and Supporting Action/Time
- Development and operation of experiments associated optical characterization of novel spin physics within solid-state quantum systems-50%
- Develop extensions of current projects and identity novel pathways for leveraging lab expertise in novel systems-20%
- Mentoring and aiding graduate student projects related to optical spin characterization-20%
- Managing and maintaining technical reports and other documentation associated with the project-10%
- Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection: All activities, as they apply to work performed by self or by personnel under supervision, will be executed in compliance with ES&H and security responsibilities established by Argonne National Laboratory's ES&H policies, Safeguards and Security policies, work rules, and safe practices.
Minimum Education / Experience Requirements:
A Ph.D. in physics, applied physics, electrical engineering, or related field.
Normal daytime work hours at the Argonne site, but occasional travel and some overtime/nighttime may be required. Ability to work without constant direction in the performance of routine tasks.
- Considerable experience in basic condensed matter, materials physics, spin physics and optical confocal microscopy is required.
- Good skills in collaboration and the ability to mentor and work within a team and multi-disciplinary environment.
- Considerable skill in written and oral communication.
- Experience with advanced optics and spectroscopy techniques.
- Familiarity with a wide range of optically active point defects and different material hosts and systems is preferred.
- Research experience with quantum sensing techniques is preferred.
- Experience with advanced data analysis (python/Matlab) is preferred.
- Experience with closed-cycle cryogenic systems is advantageous.
- Experience with microwave engineering
- Experience with nanofabrication (optical and electron-beam lithography) for nanostructure and fabrication
- Experience with NMR or EPR techniques
Job FamilyPostdoctoral Family
Job ProfilePostdoctoral Appointee
Worker TypeLong-Term (Fixed Term)
Time TypeFull time
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