Research Associate Position - Fermilab

Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.  We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and South Dakota and locations around the world, including Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole.

Fermilab is seeking outstanding candidates to fill a post-doctoral Research Associate position for the development of superconducting quantum sensors for the detection of dark matter waves composed of axions and dark photons. This position is aimed at exceptional, recent PhD recipients with a proven research record from prior experience in experimental physics, cryogenic detector development, and/or experimental quantum information science.

Fermilab leads a Department of Energy QuantISED R&D consortium exploring several new quantum sensor technologies for single photon detection at microwave to optical frequencies and is also the lead lab for the Axion Dark Matter Experiment (ADMX-G2). This position provides the opportunity to participate in new projects targeting dark matter and related detector R&D capitalizing on the broad range of scientific, computing, engineering, and technical expertise available at the laboratory and through the consortium. Current focus areas include photon counting via quantum non-demolition measurements using transmon qubits, Cooper pair breaking sensors, quantum-limited amplification, universal control of quantum states, and sensing of arbitrarily weak forces.

The position is for a period of up to three (3) years with the potential for extension considered on a yearly basis thereafter.

The successful candidate will respect, understand and value individual differences that embody the principles of diversity and abide by all environment, safety and health regulations.

Job Responsibilities Include

·       Designing, building, and testing detectors based on quantum sensors

·       Publishing scientific and technical papers

·       Presenting work at scientific conferences, workshops, and reviews

We Are Looking For

·       PhD in experimental physics (particle physics, AMO, condensed matter) or related field

·       Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research

·       Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·       Device/hardware development

·       Demonstrated ability to quickly grasp new concepts from other fields and engage in cross-disciplinary research

·       Experience with sub-Kelvin cryogenic techniques and radiofrequency instrumentation preferred

·       Knowledge of quantum information science technologies preferred

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit via Academic Jobs Online:

·       Cover letter

·       Curriculum Vitae

·       Research Statement

·       Publication List

·       Three reference letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at the AJO site).

Close Date: October 16, 2020

For general information about this position, please contact Aaron Chou

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Underrepresented groups/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Monday, September 21, 2020