Post-Doctoral Research Officer in Theoretical Quantum Information at Swansea University

College of Science, Swansea University

Research Officer

Applications are invited for a position as a Post-Doctoral Research Officer at the Department of Physics in the College of Science (reference AC1416at Swansea University, to develop research in the field of theoretical quantum information, under the supervision of Dr Markus Müller

We seek a highly motivated, skilled and independent researcher, who will join our recently established theory group and proactively contribute to ongoing grant-funded research in the area of topological quantum computation and error correction. The research is developed in close collaboration with leading international theoretical and experimental groups, including the ion-trap group of Prof R. Blatt at Innsbruck University. 

Research topics include, but are not limited to, (i) the theoretical development of realistic schemes for fault-tolerant quantum information processing in state-of-the-art AMO systems, such as e.g. trapped ions or cold Rydberg atoms, (ii) the development of new methods to efficiently characterise quantum devices and phases, including experimental quantum error correcting codes, logical qubits and operations on them, and (iii) the exploration of intriguing connections of the theory of topological quantum error correction with classical spin models and topological phases in condensed matter. 

Candidates should hold a PhD in physics or a closely related field and ideally have a strong background in one or several of the following areas: quantum optics, atomic physics, quantum information and quantum error correction, topological quantum computation, quantum many-body systems, statistical physics. 

The successful applicant will be an integral part of our team and of the Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics (AMQP) Group in Swansea, the latter covering theoretical and experimental research ranging from antimatter studies, the CryoEDM experiment, quantum control, quantum information processing, cold atom physics, nano-scale physics and the life sciences, analytical laser spectroscopy to ultrafast dynamics, imaging and microscopy. 

The job might involve assisting in the supervision of PhD students within the research group.

This is a fixed term position with annually renewable contracts, for up to three years, conditional on renewal of the underlying grant.

Salary: £32600 per annum with USS pension benefits.

The preferred start date is May 2016, but it is negotiable depending on the circumstances of the successful candidate.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held during the week 21 - 24 March 2016.

Applicants should include in their application the contact details of two academic referees who are willing to provide references if contacted during the interview stage or prior to an appointment.

Informal enquiries are welcome and may be made to Dr Markus Müller at

For more information and to apply online please go to

Closing date: 26 February 2016