Research Associate-Fixed Term

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 755353
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Physics-Astronomy 10032666
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

The Laboratory for Hybrid Quantum Systems at the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Physics and Astronomy and Spartan Innovations are seeking qualified applicants for a postdoctoral research position to investigate quantum systems and technologies based on the coupling of superconducting qubits to high-frequency surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices. In addition to developing novel quantum devices based on these systems, the project is focused on advancing these systems to a higher level of technology readiness for quantum sensing and quantum memory applications (see below).

The postdoc will design and fabricate novel hybrid quantum systems coupling superconducting qubits to surface acoustic wave devices and perform measurements on these devices to characterize their properties and performance. These measurements will be conducted in the Laboratory for Hybrid Quantum Systems at MSU under the supervision of Prof. Johannes Pollanen.

Additionally, the postdoc will work with Prof. Pollanen and members of Spartan Innovations to advance the level of technology readiness of these systems. These efforts will require the postdoc to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete Regional I-Corps
  • Support a SBIR/STTR submission (1 minimum)
  • Submit invention disclosures (Target 2), for the supported technology by end of 1-year program
  • Participate in regular updates with Spartan Innovations stakeholders
  • Submission of a final report including 2 executive summaries: i) technology and ii) commercialization pathways
  • Develop a pitch deck
  • Attend select business training sessions

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Physics or Electrical Engineering

Minimum Requirements

A successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Physics or Electrical Engineering with a focus on experimental quantum information science with superconducting qubit, surface acoustic wave devices or optomechanical systems. Knowledge of nano-fabrication/cleanroom techniques, operation of dilution refrigerators, and measurements of superconducting qubits or optomechanical systems, are highly desirable. The ideal candidate will have proven ability to independently solve problems, design and conduct experiments, possess good communication and collaboration skills, and have a desire to advance quantum science into quantum technologies.

This is a one-year appointment with the potential for renewal for up to one additional one year appointment, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance on requirements listed above.

Required Application Materials

Applications areDue Jan. 26, 2022. Late submissions will be considered if a suitable candidate pool is not identified by the deadline. Applications, including a cover letter and curriculum vitae with a list of three references, should be submitted electronically to position XXXX.

Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: of Applications Begins On


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Jan 4, 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Jan 4, 2024 Eastern Standard Time


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Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

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