Apply now Job no: 540640 Work type: Continuing (Contingent Funded) Location: Canberra / ACT Categories: Academic
Classification: Level B
Classification: Academic Level A / B Salary package: $73,309 – $113,165 per annum plus 17% Superannuation Term: Full-time, Continuing Contingent Funded (3 years)
Great work/life balance with dynamic team culture
Four weeks annual leave per year + a variety of salary packaging options
The Research School of Physics represents Australia’s largest university based research and teaching activity in the physics discipline. Hundreds of academics, technical staff and students form the School’s greatest asset, its people. This critical mass of researchers is of fundamental importance in fostering the kind of interdisciplinary interactions that create modern research excellence.
We offer our professional staff a dynamic and flexible working environment with excellent training and career development opportunities and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, inclusive team.
Based in the department of Quantum Science within the Research School of Physics, the Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Fellow will perform experimental research on superpositions of counter-flowing quantised vortices in Bose- Einstein condensates. The aim is to develop a new rotation sensing technology based on matter-wave vortices in ultracold atomic gases. Circulation in this device is topologically protected, and the sensor is expected to exhibit extreme stability and accuracy. The project will encompass both fundamental and applied physics and will be supported by a team of experienced ANU theorists. The project will include: investigating the stability of counter- flowing quantum vortex states; realising an ultracold-atom gyroscope and characterising its short-term sensitivity, dynamic range, and allan variance; quantifying the improvement to inertial navigation in collaboration with our inertial navigation modelling group. Depending on the interests of the successful candidate, additional aspects of the project may emphasise either more fundamental directions or more applied directions and may include: investigation of squeezing and entanglement to improve the performance of the sensor; the development of quantum control protocols that improve the robustness of cold-atom sensing under noise sources associated with field- deployment or other research directions developed in discussion with the successful candidate.
To excel in this role you will have:
A PhD in relevant area of experimental physics, with a demonstrated track record of working with laser-cooled atoms and Bose-Einstein condensates
Research experience in the field of experimental cold-atom physics, including (a) the design and construction of a cold or ultra-cold atom apparatus, (b) laser cooling and BEC Formation, and (c) computer coding with experience in laboratory control, data acquisition and data analysis.
Ability to work as part of a team, contributing to team management and meeting deadlines for project elements.
Excellent oral and written English language skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively with a variety of staff and students in a cross-disciplinary academic environment and to foster respectful and productive working relationships with staff, students and colleagues at all levels.
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For more information about the position please contact Professor John Close on T: +61 (02) 612 54390 or E: John.Close@anu.edu.au.
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In order to apply for his role, please make sure that you upload the following documents:
A statement addressing the selection criteria, and
A current curriculum vitae (CV).