Research Associate in Microwave Quantum Technology

Posted on 15th May 2024 in Early Career Researchers, Jobs, Training and Skills Base

Job details

  • Date: June 4, 2024
  • Department: Departments of Materials
  • Location: South Kensington Campus, London
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term / Full-time
  • Salary: £46,593 to £54,630 per annum
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Applications are invited for a Research Associate to assist in the development of microwave and millimetre-wave masers utilising spin-defect materials such as diamond, silicon carbide and hexagonal boron nitride for applications in quantum technology.

Work will focus on developing novel microwave and millimetre-wave resonator and cavity technologies which support masers based on spin-defect materials. The work will attempt to improve upon the state-of-the-art in masers as well as exploring new applications in quantum technologies.

A researcher is sought with a PhD in physics, materials, electronic/electrical engineering, physical chemistry or related disciplines and a passion for constructing experimental hardware and instrumentation coupled with an understanding of the underlying physics and the ability to perform electromagnetic simulations.


Duties and responsibilities

  • Your research role will primarily involve the development of new resonator and cavities suitable for a maser operating at microwave and millimetre-wave frequencies
  • You will perform electromagnetic simulations predicting the performance of the maser
  • You will design, fabricate and characterise diamond maser devices and experiments

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • This research will be conducted at a nexus where RF/microwave, optical and spin physics meet. You will preferably have practical and theoretical experience in microwave/radio-frequency physics, optics and quantum technology.

Skill and experience in the following would be advantageous:

  • Computational electromagnetic modelling, analysis methods and tools (such as finite-elements, finite-difference time-domain methods etc.).
  • Simulation, design and test of microwave cavities and circuits.
  • Microwave and/or optical systems and instrumentation in a laboratory setting.
  • Nitrogen-vacancy centres in diamond or other spin defects

Candidates who have not yet officially been awarded their PhD will be appointed initially at Research Associate (with a salary range of £41,694 to £44,888.

Should you have any queries regarding the post, please contact, Dr Stephen Hanham (

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to: Darakshan Khan (

For technical issues, please contact:

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

Closing date: 4th June 2024

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