Positions

Positions in the Quantum Cloud Lab

Qualified and motivated applicants for graduate or postdoc positions are always welcome to contact Daniel Oblak for information on current opportunities and potental projects in the lab. For guidelines on graduate student applications please refer to The Department of Physics web-page on graduate studies. For specific internship, postdoc and staff opportunities please see below (some panels expand when clicked)

Information about awards for graduate students can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website and for postdoctoral scholars on the Postdoc Office website.

Research Associate

The Research Associate is responsible for the quantum information research conducted with free-space optical link for satellites and for the planning and design of a future upgraded ground-station for optical links to a satellite. The incumbent will also be encouraged to contribute to other research projects in the lab. They will be participating in the planning of experiments with the ground station and other project they are involved in and support the development of funding to ensure continued growth in the area of quantum and quantum communication. The incumbent will be expected to support the PI in publishing and also support in presenting pertinent research accomplishments or findings in internal and external journals and publications which are reviewed locally, nationally and/or globally.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Technical

  • Design, implement, monitor, and consult with the Principal Investigator on projects and programs
  • Expected to stay abreast with research in the area connecting with the PI to discuss new and interesting research directions
  • Amongst, but not limited to, the specific task and objectives of the lab that the incumbent will be responsible for are the operation of and modifications to an existing quantum satellite ground station, design and planning for an upgraded quantum satellite ground station, devising and implementing experiments, which employ the quantum satellite ground station in conjunction with optical fibres, quantum memory, entangled pair sources, etc.

Mentorship/Coaching

  • Will provide training of undergraduate and graduate students in experimental and theoretical research techniques, as well as presentation skills (written and oral)

Publishing/Presenting Research

  • Support the Pi to publish/present research accomplishments at both the national and international level, including in high impact/selective academic journals
  • Prepare manuscripts describing findings for submission for publication, and lead process of responding to referees/editors during the peer review process

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Must hold a PhD, with expertise in quantum optics and quantum information at the single photon-level
  • Experience with optical telescope systems, free-space optical links, and adaptive optics is an asset
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working at a doctoral level is required
  • Must have a record of significant publications in the area of quantum information, and a history of providing in-scope supervising graduate students is required
  • Extensive experience in detailed design, documentation, and implementation of complex technological systems is required
  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization is required
  • Possesses expert technical knowledge, providing advanced solutions in scientific fields to expand and develop research projects in the area of expertise is required
  • Requires high level of effective time and project management, personal initiative, communications skills and teamwork is required
  • Ability to think critically and creatively under pressure while exercising good judgement and discretion required
  • Position requires flexibility to travel nationally and internationally for short periods of time if required
  • Knowledge of university policies and procedures is an asset

Application Deadline: April 12, 2021

For more information and to apply please visit the University of Calgary career website:

https://science.careers.ucalgary.ca/jobs/6484143-research-associate-department-of-physics-and-astronomy-faculty-of-science

Electronics and Photonics Technician

This position reports to the Principal Investigator of the Quantum Communication Lab. The electrical and photonics technician will be involved in the realization of a quantum communications system prototyping from design over implementation to testing. The incumbent must have a strong understanding of high-speed analog and digital electronics and/or photonics system and electro-optical components. The quantum communication system will contain digital processing and signal generation (FPGA-based), pulse-amplifiers, laser drivers and feedback for temperature stabilization, timing synchronization, photo-detectors, amongst other elements. The position is part of a research lab-team, which includes graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and involves interfacing with local and international collaborators.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Technical

  • The overarching task is to assist in the engineering of a practical and deployable photonic quantum communication system comprising electronic subcomponents
  • Specifically, the position involves the design, development, and implementation of analog and digital electronics circuits, subsystems and assemblies for a quantum communications system prototype
  • Procurement of necessary components and devices
  • Assembly of electronic and mechanical components. This includes population of PCBs whenever pre-population is not available from vendor
  • Programming of high-speed FPGA for digital signal inputs and outputs
  • Liaising and tracking progress supply of subsystems and components from subcontractors/suppliers, which include commercial vendors, local post-secondary colleges and international academic collaborators
  • Creating and updating technical documentation describing the developed systems
  • As a secondary role, support of the lab-team’s other electronics needs such as inspecting and defective equipment, electrical wiring for experimental setups, and other smaller electronics projects

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Engineering, Physics, or related discipline
  • 2+ years hands-on academic or industrial experience working with photonic engineering, high-speed signal processing electronics and instrumentation or similar
    • Example: telecommunications system design and implementation
    • Example: High-energy or nuclear physics research systems
  • Analog electronics: amplifiers, laser drivers, sensing circuits
  • Familiarity with a variety of analog circuits and ability to implement and modify a design for specific purposes
    • Example: diode-laser controller with current supply and temperature stabilization
  • Digital electronics: microcontrollers, interface protocols (I2C, SPI, USB, etc.), digital circuits and components
  • Professional experience in the design and interfacing of digital electronics
    • Example: microcontroller boards to control several optoelectronic elements such as intensity modulators
  • Mixed signal electronics: Analog processing of digital signals
    • Example: integrate pulse amplifier into circuit containing digital pulse generator
  • Experience with PCB design: designing and testing PCB boards, including considerations for high speed signals
  • Experience with single-ended and differential signalling, impedance matching, microstrips and co-planar waveguides
  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization is required
  • Ability to specify design requirements of sub-systems or components for project collaborators to complete
  • Require high level of effective time and project management, personal initiative, communications skills and teamwork is required
  • Ability to think critically and creatively under pressure while exercising good judgement and discretion
  • Experience from academic or industry research and development is a strong asset
  • Experience in quantum communication is a strong asset
  • Having worked with single photon detectors, fast pulsed laser drivers, FPGAs, time-tagging electronics, RF Signal generation, SPICE simulation, Thermo-electric coolers, Laser drivers, RTL design using VHDL or Verilog, or high-speed interfaces including PCIe and ethernet are strong assets
  • Knowledge of university policies and procedures is an asset

Application Deadline: April 19, 2021

For more information and to apply please visit the University of Calgary career website:

https://science.careers.ucalgary.ca/jobs/6514003-electrical-and-photonics-technician-department-of-physics-and-astronomy-faculty-of-science