Research Fellow in Theory of Quantum Optics of Biomolecules

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: London, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 09 Apr 2020

The post holder will be part of the Quantum Science and Biomolecular Processes group, led by Professor Alexandra Olaya-Castro, and based in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London in the United Kingdom. The research group develops theory on quantum effects in biomolecular systems. The work approach in the group adheres to best practices in equality, diversity and inclusion and considers integrity and work-life balance as pillars of scientific excellence.

The purpose of the project is to develop a theoretical and computational framework with predictive power of the signatures of quantum coherence as indicated in the optical response and full photon-counting statistics of single photo-active biomolecules placed within an optical cavity.  This research will be developed in close collaboration with an experimental group on solid-state quantum optics based at the University of Southampton.

The post is funded for 24 months in the first instance, under a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore foundation.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Theoretical Quantum Physics, Theoretical Quantum Optics, Theoretical Physical Chemistry or a related subject.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £31,479.-£33,194. per annum, inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

The candidate will have a track record in the theoretical description and high-performance computation of open quantum system dynamics beyond standard perturbation theory as well as research experience in theoretical quantum optics and cavity quantum electrodynamics.

Experience of working collaboratively with graduate students is desirable.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Shanice Thomas,

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Professor Alexandra Olaya-Castro,

Candidates will need to upload a CV (including a list of publications), a statement of research interests and plans (3 pages maximum), and the contact information for three references. A cover letter can be included using the “Statement in Support of your Application” section of the online form. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be emailed to Professor Alexandra Olaya-Castro ( ) by the application deadline.

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