Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Quantum Communications


Grade 7: £32,236 -£39,609 p.a.

Closing date

Aug 30, 2019 12:00PM


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and technically skilled research assistant in the field of secure quantum communications. We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral researcher to join the optical wireless communications research group at the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford. The post is funded by the EPSRC is fixed term to 31 December 2022.

The project aims to develop quantum secure free-space links for financial transactions and other uses, and to combine optical fibre and free-space secure links to build links which combine fibre and quantum optical wireless capabilities. You will play a key role in this cutting-edge work, and be responsible for research into potential architectures and design and implementation of the systems.

We are working within the newly announced Hub in Quantum Communications ( and will collaborate with a range of industrial and academic partners to achieve this.

You should hold a relevant PhD/DPhil or be near completion (with the possibility to underfill at Grade 6 (£28,660 - £34,189 p.a.) if candidate holds a relevant degree/Masters and is working on PhD/DPhil). Skills in quantum communications systems research and experimentation, preferably in an area relevant to free-space optical communications are required, as well as the drive and enthusiasm to create working communications demonstrators.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Dominic O’Brien (

Further information can be found at:

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 30 August 2019 can be considered.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Contact name

Professor Dominic O’Brien

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