Research Scientist

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Pasadena, CALIFORNIA

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Job Summary

The Quantum Photonics Group led by Professor Oskar Painter is seeking a motivated and skilled research scientist to join its team to carry independent research in the field of piezo-optomechanical devices for quantum transduction. The successful candidate must be able to contribute to ongoing research projects, develop new ideas and research directions, and stay up to date with relevant literature. The work encompasses all aspects of quantum device development, including design and optimization, nanofabrication, and integration into optical and electrical measurement apparatus.

Essential Job Duties

  • Develop quantum transducers with improved performance over the state of the art.
  • Use theoretical models and computational methods to simulate and analyze the behavior of quantum systems.
  • Conduct quantum device simulations (e.g. Sonnet, COMSOL) to optimize design parameters.
  • Fabricate and package devices in a university cleanroom.
  • Develop scripts to automate the acquisition and analysis of experimental data.
  • Perform optical and microwave frequency measurements for device characterization.
  • Analyze experimental data and contribute to the interpretation of results.
  • Ensure the proper functioning and maintenance of a dilution refrigerator.
  • Supervise and mentor junior students.
  • Ensure compliance with laboratory safety protocols and best practices.
  • Contribute original research and stay up to date with the latest results.
  • Initiate and/or collaborate in writing peer reviewed research papers and present findings at conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD degree in Applied Physics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • Programming skills in Python and MATLAB.
  • Experience in fabrication process development in the areas of electron beam lithography, dry and wet etching, deposition, microscopy, and device packaging.
  • Experience with measurement of photonic devices and superconducting qubits.
  • One or more scientific publication submissions in high profile academic journals or conferences. 
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with superconducting qubit design and measurements.
  • Experience with electromagnetic simulations.
  • Experience with cryogenic hardware and microwave engineering.
  • Experience with photonic design, optical characterization, and design of optical systems.
  • Possess a team attitude.
  • At least one year of paid postdoctoral position or industry experience. 

Required Documents

  • Resume/CV

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