ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversity of California Los Angeles
RESEARCH FIELDEngineering › Electrical engineeringPhysics › Quantum mechanics
RESEARCHER PROFILERecognised Researcher (R2)First Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE31/12/2020 23:00 - America/Los Angeles
LOCATIONUnited States › Los Angeles
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
OFFER STARTING DATE01/02/2021
Postdoctoral researcher position within the Quantum Biology Tech (QuBiT) Lab at UCLA
We are a newly established group at UCLA led by Prof. Clarice D. Aiello. Our mission is to establish the
extent to which quantum mechanics accounts for biologically relevant phenomena, and can be manipulated
to technological and therapeutic advantage.
Experiments suggest that nontrivial quantum mechanical effects involving spin might underlie biologically
relevant phenomena as varied as magnetic field detection for animal navigation, metabolic regulation in cells
and optimal electron transport in chiral biomolecules. We investigate such phenomena using high-tech tools
borrowed from the fields of quantum sensing/computing, device physics, and atomic and molecular (AMO)
physics. Current and near-future research directions include:
• Optimal quantum control of spins in biological systems via optically-detected magnetic resonance
performed under a single-molecule microscope, and subsequent correlation with microscopic cellular
• Detection and control of spin coherence and polarization in electrons traversing nanoscale chiral
potentials (from complex engineered materials to DNA and proteins) using a scanning tunneling
microscope with spin-resonance capabilities.
At this time, we seek postdoctoral candidates with training in AMO (including but not restricted to:
ultracold atoms, trapped ions, superconducting qubits, NV centers). Nanofabrication skills and experience in
developing experimental control software are a plus.
Postdoctoral scholars are expected to conduct research in small teams, and mentor trainees. In particular,
accepted candidates will have an invaluable opportunity to help shape our young lab. Formal teaching
opportunities and pursuing the nationally recognized CIRTL certification at UCLA are possibilities. Clarice is
invested in working with accepted candidates to develop a plan towards their own career goals.
Diversity and inclusion
We encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups with respect to gender, race and
ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability status, age, socioeconomic background, care-taking status,
and other axes of diversity.
Pay is non-negotiable and at a NIH+7 level, well above-average for a postdoctoral appointment in the
United States (scholarships will be topped up to this amount). Postdoctoral contracts are 1-year long, with
the possibility of extension upon mutual agreement.
All team members are encouraged and expected to apply for fellowships.
While flexible, preferred start dates are towards the beginning of 2021.
The positions will remain open until filled.
Applicants should send an email to Clarice (email@example.com) with a single attached .pdf including:
1. a cover letter with a brief statement of research experience, interests and career plans;
2. an up-to-date CV;
3. contact information of 3 professional references. The references will not be contacted without notice
to the applicant.
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELPhysics: PhD or equivalentEngineering: PhD or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
EURAXESS offer ID: 535003
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