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Position: Research Fellow in fast free-space low-loss optical switch for quantum computing
Institution: University College London
Department: Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duties: This project seeks to look at classical technologies through the lens of the quantum computing, and quantum networks will develop a blueprint for a quantum/classical hybrid data centre. We are looking for a Research Fellow to conduct theoretical and experimental research in the area of Fast free-space low-loss optical switch for quantum computing. The postholder will carry out research into free-space optical switching, including: design of the ultra-fast ultra-low loss ultrawideband optical switch; Design of fibre optic collimators/lenses and ultra-fast actuators; Hardware prototyping and Dynamic control
Requirements: Candidates are required to have a PhD in Electronic Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or related discipline (or about to submit a PhD thesis). Knowledge of free space optical communication design and characterisation is essential, as is knowledge & experience of optical systems and including modelling and/or hands-on experimental research work
   
Text: Research Fellow in fast free-space low-loss optical switch for quantum computing, - Ref:1883415 Click here to go back to search results Apply Now UCL Department / Division Electronic & Electrical Engineering Location of position London Grade 7 Hours Full Time Salary (inclusive of London allowance) £36,770 - £40,928 per annum Duties and Responsibilities We wish to appoint a Research Fellow to work on the £9M InnovateUK Project titled The Quantum Data Centre Of The Future. This is the first research project in UK and more broadly, to develop technologies and address the all-round challenges into designing, prototyping and operating quantum data centres based on photonic/optical technologies. UCL is leading the work on distributed quantum computing system architecture using optical networks as well as the effort on designing and developing optical switches, a key building block to any type of distributed computing and large scale systems. There are numerous leading UK industrial (ORCA, Riverlane, PQShield, KETS Quantum Security, BT, BP, Digital Catapult, NCC). and academic (Imperial, Bath, Southampton, Bristol) partners. This project seeks to look at classical technologies through the lens of the quantum computing, and quantum networks will develop a blueprint for a quantum/classical hybrid data centre. We are looking for a Research Fellow to conduct theoretical and experimental research in the area of Fast free-space low-loss optical switch for quantum computing. The postholder will carry out research into free-space optical switching, including: design of the ultra-fast ultra-low loss ultrawideband optical switch; Design of fibre optic collimators/lenses and ultra-fast actuators ; Hardware prototyping and Dynamic control. They will also be expected to prepare presentation materials for a variety of audiences and to contribute regularly to project technical reports and the publication of research results in leading conferences and journals publications. They will join a team of three academics (George Zervas, Alejandra Beghelli and Alfonso Ruocco) and 11 PhD students and post-doctoral researchers working in the areas of optical/photonic networked systems for distributed classical and quantum computing and more broadly the optical networks group (ONG) that consists of 8 academics and 25 researchers. The position is based at UCL. The post is available immediately and funded for 2 years in the first instance. Further funding to support the post may be available. Key Requirements Candidates are required to have a PhD in Electronic Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or related discipline (or about to submit a PhD thesis). Knowledge of free space optical communication design and characterisation is essential, as is knowledge & experience of optical systems and including modelling and/or hands-on experimental research work. Proven ability to setup end-to-end free space optical experimental testbeds and create automation scripts/routines in Python for characterisation and calibration is required and ideally candidates will have experience of dynamic ultra fast control. If the successful candidate has not yet been awarded their PhD, appointment will be made as a Research Assistant (Grade 6B). Payment at Grade 7 will be backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis including corrections, once the PhD has been awarded. The salary scale for Research Assistant (Grade 6B), point 24-26 is £32,217- £33,958 per annum. Further Details A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below. Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries about the post to Professor Georgios Zervas g.zervas@ucl.ac.uk. Any queries regrading the application process can be sent to Vicky Coombes at v.coombes@ucl.ac.uk. UCL Taking Action for Equality Closing Date 26 Apr 2022 Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59 Interview date TBC Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality. This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff. Please use these links to find out more about UCL working life including the benefits we offer and UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job. Job Description 1883415 Apply Now
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