Research Fellow in Polaritonics
Quantum, Light & Matter Group
Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: £30,942 to £38,017
Full Time Fixed Term (12 Months)
Closing Date: Monday 05 July 2021
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Recently, we proposed polariton lattices as a new platform for analogue
simulation. Polariton lattices benefit by the continuous optical readout of
the phase, energy, momentum and spin of the individual polariton vertices, the
strong inter-particle interactions −mediated through the exciton component−,
room temperature operation −with appropriate choice of materials−, and even
the potential for electrical injection utilizing well-developed semiconductor
In this project, we will investigate experimentally the quantum speed-up of
polariton simulators in realising the ground state of the XY Hamiltonian.
Whereas for a classical simulator the time it takes to find the global minimum
of the cost function of the problem increases exponentially with the number of
degrees of freedom of the system, in a quantum simulator there is a polynomial
increase of the time. Unravelling the mechanism of quantum speed-up is at the
core of the fundamental physics underpinning polariton simulators.
To be successful you will have a PhD or equivalent professional
qualifications and experience in Physics or relevant engineering discipline
and aknowledge of and keen interest in fundamental physics, optics, quantum,
laser and semiconductor physics, and expertise in experimental photonics, and
The researcher will join a strong international team of students, postdoctoral
and academic staff working together on many aspects of cutting-edge research
in polaritonics and quantum simulation.
This project involves close collaboration and therefore international travel
at IBM Zurich, and MIT-Skoltech.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first
instance with a tentative starting date the 1st October 2021.
Interested candidates should contact Prof Pavlos Lagoudakis
(firstname.lastname@example.org ) for further information.
Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from
candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD
qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful
completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of
Senior Research Assistant will be given.
The expiry date for this advert is 5 th July 2021. Please note that
applications will be assessed as soon as they are received. Do not delay
your application. Interviews may be held and appointments made before the
stated expiry date.
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