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Senior Research Associate in Quantum Device Control


Grade 8: £45,585 - £54,395 per annum

Closing date

Jun 14, 2024 12:00PM


We are seeking a motivated and Talented experimentalist for a full-time Senior Research Associate in Quantum Thermodynamics within Professor Ares’ research group at the Department of Engineering Science (Central Oxford). The post is externally funded and is fixed-term to the 11th June 2026.


For quantum computers to be used practically, a large number of qubits need to be controlled with absolute precision and without errors. This is an extremely difficult task. The need to calibrate individual qubits, either to maximise fidelity initially or when parameters drift, constitutes a complicated and repetitive process, requiring deep understanding of the set-up and “muscle memory”. This process remains specific to the qubit type and limited to a handful of qubits. You will develop scalable and autonomous calibration frameworks to optimise quantum device performance.


Reporting to the Principal Investigator, you will help ensure a healthy and vibrant research environment within Natalia Ares’s Research Group. This will involve leading, devising, coordinating and supervising research projects in this area, including the work involved in the collaborations with project partners, guidance to researchers and students, and winning further funding to underpin the research.


You should possess a Ph.D/D.Phil with post qualification experience. You should possess the ability to develop new research projects and raise research funds through making grant applications. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings is essential.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Natalia Ares (email:

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Only applications received before midday on the 14th June 2024 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, (describing how past experience fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Contact name

Dr Natalia Ares

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