Senior Quantum Research Engineer I

Employer
University of Southern California
Location
Los Angeles, CA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

USC’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of the university’s Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced artificial intelligence, information processing, computing, cybersecurity, and communications technologies. ISI’s 350 faculty, professional staff and graduate students carry out extraordinary information sciences research at three distinct locations - Marina Del Rey, CA; Arlington, VA; and Waltham, MA.

*This position is located in Waltham, MA.*

The ISI Laboratory for Quantum-Limited Information is looking for a Senior Quantum Research Engineer I. We are looking for talented, ambitious researchers to lead and impact experimental programs in quantum optics and quantum information research efforts. Successful candidates for this position will have experience working in free-space and fiber optical systems for applications in communications and optical sensing, particularly focused on photon-starved states of light. The candidate will also have the opportunity to generate research ideas in optical sensing, communications and computation, and execute research projects in close collaboration with others, publish their research advances in top tier conferences and journals, and demonstrate leadership in the greater professional community. Candidates will have broad background and experience in quantum optics experimentation in the visible and infrared wavelengths. Experience generating and characterizing non-classical states of light is particularly desirable, as well as experience in quantum information experimentation in integrated nanophotonic circuits.

This is a full-time position.

ISI’s research center in Waltham, MA welcomes applications from experimentalists in any of the following areas:

  • Quantum optics
  • Quantum information to include quantum sensing, communications and computation
  • Quantum tomography
  • Single-photon and non-classical state generation and characterization
  • Silicon photonics
  • Optical computing
  • Remote optical sensing

Examples of current research projects include:

  • Silicon photonics for optical computing
  • Optical receivers that achieve the fundamental quantum limit of sensitivity for sensing and discrimination.
  • Entanglement generation and detection.
  • Novel devices for optical communications in the LWIR wavelength range
  • Passive detection and characterization of atmospherically scattered laser light

Preferred Qualifications/Experience

  • Experience working in free-space and fiber optical systems for applications in communications and optical sensing, particularly focused on photon-starved states of light.
  • Broad background and experience in quantum optics experimentation in the visible and infrared wavelengths.
  • Experience generating and characterizing non-classical states of light is particularly desirable
  • Experience in quantum information experimentation in integrated nanophotonic circuits
  • M.S. in physics or engineering is highly desired

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.


Minimum Education: Bachelor's degreeMinimum Experience: 5 yearsMinimum Skills: Experience with MATLAB, optical simulators such as Lumerical, free-space and fiber optical components, opto-electronics, integrated photonics, input/output coupling to integrated optical waveguides, nonlinear optics, experimental setup and data collection.

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