22/06/2020

Postdoctoral researcher position (AMO training preferred) within the Quantum Biology Tech (QuBiT) Lab at UCLA


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of California Los Angeles
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
    PhysicsQuantum mechanics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/12/2020 23:00 - America/Los Angeles
  • LOCATION
    United States › Los Angeles
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/02/2021

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Postdoctoral researcher position within the Quantum Biology Tech (QuBiT) Lab at UCLA

 

Overview

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

processes;

• 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.

 

Compensation

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.

 

Timeline

While flexible, preferred start dates are towards the beginning of 2021.

 

The positions will remain open until filled.

 

Application

Applicants should send an email to Clarice (cla@ucla.edu) 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.

 

Additional info

We encourage you to follow us on Twitter (@ClariceDAiello, @QuBiT UCLA) and LinkedIn (ClariceDAiello,

Quantum Biology Tech (QuBiT) Lab @UCLA)!

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Physics: PhD or equivalent
    Engineering: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

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Quantum Biology Tech (QuBiT) Lab at UCLA
United States
California
Los Angeles
90095

EURAXESS offer ID: 535003

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