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Research Technician

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University of Southampton

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Quantum, Light & Matter Group

Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: £28,331 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (until 02/10/2020)
Closing Date: Monday 28 October 2019
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 1189619WF

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 technologies.

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.

As you will be providing technical support in the maintenance of lasers and spectroscopic apparatus, it is essential that you have a HNC, A-Level, NVQ3 with proven work experience or equivalent relevant experience within a technical role. You will also have experience with optical spectroscopies, z-scan method, non-degenerate pump-probe, computer assisted instrumentation and automisation, electronics and optics. Demonstrable experience of accurately analysing and interpreting complex data as you will carry out tests and analyse and evaluate results.

You 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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 2nd October 2020 in the first instance with a tentative starting date the 1st of December 2019, and a salary of £27,830 per annum.

Interested candidates should contact Prof Pavlos Lagoudakis ( [email protected] ) for further information.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Physics and Astronomy. We are strongly committed to diversity in both the academic and student population, and in recognition we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2018 and the Institute of Physics Project Juno Champion status in 2019. Physics and Astronomy gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly, including part-time, and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, and onsite childcare facilities. For further information please visit https://www.phys.soton.ac.uk/EqualityandDiversity

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK's research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward. Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.

*subject to qualifying criteria

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1189619WF on all correspondence.

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