Job ID: #JOB 30/2022

Job Description:

Job Title: Postdoc in theory of dynamics of topological defects in quantum environments

Job Summary:

Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences calls for applications for an open Postdoc position in the OPUS 21 research project funded by the National Science Centre (NCN).

The Postdoc will be involved in the development of theoretical understanding of the dynamics of topological defects, such as Majorana fermions in nanowires and quantum spin chains in the presence of quantum environments, such as photons and magnons.

Job Description:

Topology has found a route from purely mathematical concepts to physics applications. The discovery of the quantum spin Hall effect and topological insulators more than a decade ago has revolutionised modern condensed matter physics. One of the most exciting application is topological quantum computation with topological qubits such as the Majorana fermions emerging as excitations in topological superconductors. It is thus of great importance to investigate the dynamics of these excitations in the presence of the surrounding environments, such as photons or magnons. In the project, the postdoc will investigate theoretically the interplay between the geometry and/or topology of the braiding trajectories and the environmental degrees of freedom. The postdoc will also exploit such effects to construct long-range quantum gates between topological qubits and/or conventional qubits, and possibly simulating them on the IBM Quantum devices.

Profile of candidates for the Postdoc position:

  1. A Ph.D. in physics (or PhD thesis submitted), obtained no earlier than 7 years before the beginning of the contract (calculated according to the offical rules of NCN, resolution of NCN 26/2015 from 12 march 2015.)
  2. Theoretical background in a related field, preferably in condensed matter theory and quantum information science, demonstrated by publications
  3. Experience in analytical and numerical modelling
  4. Ability to work in a team as well as independently
  5. Fluent spoken and written English.

Main research field: Physics

Sub Research Field: Condensed matter physics

Career Stage: Young researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post-Doc)

Research Profile (details): Recognised Researcher (R2)

Type of Contract: Temporary 12 months, with the possibility of extension

Status: Full-time

Salary: Approximately 8300  PLN per month (before ~ 30% taxes, exact amount depends slightly on applicable social security contributions).


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Application details:

Application deadline: 11 August, 2022. Applications after deadline are not considered. 

Required materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications
  • Motivation letter
  • Contact data (e-mail) to at least two potential
  • Consent to process your personal data (expressed on the form attached to this announcement)

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