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Post Doctoral Research Fellow

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Job no: 515119
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Engineering
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Date opened: 12 Aug 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 26 Aug 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary:

The successful candidate will work on developing symmetry protected superconducting quantum bits which are protected from decoherence due to noises. The project encompasses experimental realization of such protected qubits through nanofabrication of quantum circuits realized from Aluminum Josephson junction technology. After the quantum circuits are fabricated the candidate will work to utilize and further develop low temperature and low-noise experimental measurement hardware for characterization of qubit coherence and gate level control. The successful candidate will also aid in managing group activities, present work at conferences, and help with manuscript and proposal preparation. This project will allow the candidate to gain valuable experience in Microwave circuit engineering, low temperature measurements in a cryogen-free dilution refrigerator, nano fabrication of superconducting quantum circuits, and high frequency low noise measurements to characterize superconducting quantum circuits to be used to construct a quantum computer. This project has access to some of the best nanofabrication tools in the world at Harvard University for the fabrication of the quantum circuits.

Examples of Duties:

  • Assist the laboratory Principal Investigator (PI) in new and on-going research projects;
  • Develop nanofabrication methods to fabricate symmetry protected quantum bits protected against decoherence. Perform low-temperature low-noise measurements of quantum circuits. Perform numerical simulations to compare measurement results to theory.
  • Assist with training and monitoring undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Assist with writing of scientific publications and grants;
  • Participate in other departmental activities such as seminars and journal clubs;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Qualifications:

    PhD in Physics, Electrical Engineering or related field. Experience in at least one of the following areas required:

  • Nanofabrication
  • Low temperature measurement
  • Microwave Circuit Design
  • Theoretical expertise in Josephson physics
  • Superconducting quantum information
  • Application Instructions:

    Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three references.

    Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

    Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

    This is a non-union exempt position. This is a grant funded position with a current end date of 9/30/23, subject to renewal contingent on funding and university needs.

    All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

    UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

    Applications close: 26 Aug 2022 Eastern Daylight Time


    Working at University of Massachusetts Boston

    The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

    The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

    UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

    UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

    More than 100 student organizations — including clubs, literary magazines, newspaperradio stationart gallery, and 16 NCAA Division III sports teams — offer a rich campus life. Students live throughout Greater Boston and in apartment communities just steps from the campus, and enjoy the rich amenities, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities that make the city the biggest and best college town in the nation.

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