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Research Fellow in Quantum Simulation of topological phases and many-body dynamics with Rydberg interactions (Fixed term)

Physics & Astronomy

Location:  University Park
Salary:  £33,348 to £44,414 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Wednesday 04 October 2023
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  SCI279423X1

We seek to recruit a Research fellow in Quantum Simulation of many-body dynamics with Rydberg interactions.

The goal of the project is to theoretically explore the capabilities of a new quantum simulation platform based on trapped ions excited to Rydberg states. We are particularly interested in understanding topological and dynamical effects in the vicinity of artificial conical intersections, which are created by engineering the rovibrational-electronic coupling of ions embedded in an ion crystal.

Conical intersections (sometimes called exceptional points) are usually encountered in electronically excited states of molecules and in condensed matter systems. Trapped Rydberg ions provide a new way for probing their physics on exaggerated length and time scales. In the project we will design experimentally feasible protocols to create, control and probe conical intersections with trapped Rydberg ions by collaborating closely with experimental groups, e.g., our collaboration partner Prof. M. Hennrich from Stockholm University, Sweden. The research is funded by EPSRC.

The researcher will be an integral part of an interdisciplinary and international team of researchers covering a broad range of topics including statistical physics, condensed-matter theory, computational physics, atomic and molecular physics, and quantum optics. We seek a motivated, skilled and highly independent researcher to complement our team.

The main responsibility of this post will be to carry out independent research on the development and examination of many-body models, and to apply and/or develop analytical and numerical methods for exploring spin-phonon coupled dynamics and stationary states. The researcher will be responsible for writing up their work for publication, and will have the opportunity to use their skills, experiences, and creativity to identify new areas for research, and extend their research portfolio.

The post is available immediately and  is offered on a full time (36.25 hours per week), fixed term contract until the 31st August 2025. Job share arrangements may be considered.

As part of our commitment to improving equality, diversity and inclusion within the school, shortlisted candidates will be given the opportunity to talk to a member of staff representing women, BAME, LGBTQIA+ or disabilities communities. This will be separate to the assessment process and will play no role in the decision to appoint.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Weibin Li, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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