Senior Research Associate in superconducting qubits with moveable junctions

Lancaster, UK
£35,326 to £40,927
31 May 2022
30 Jun 2022

We are seeking two researchers to integrate mechanical resonators into superconducting qubits.

Coupling between a mechanical resonator and a qubit is a key to controlling single phonons, to creating ultra-sensitive detectors for force and displacement, and ultimately to studying mesoscopic quantum superpositions of millions of nucleons. Our approach is to make superconducting circuits whose Josephson junctions are themselves moving. We will use suspended carbon nanotubes or graphene nano-membranes, which as well as being excellent Josephson materials are high-quality mechanical resonators. In this way we will enter a largely unexplored regime of hybrid quantum electromechanics.

This project will benefit from the excellent facilities and dynamic intellectual environment of the Ultra-low Temperature Physics group and the Quantum Technology Centre. 

You will join us on an indefinite contract. However, the role remains contingent on external funding, which at this time runs until 29/02/2024 with expected extension until at least 31/07/2024.

Lancaster University is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the UK university league tables. It is located on a beautiful campus in the North-West of England close to the Lake District National Park.

The Department of Physics is committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. We are also strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Edward Laird ( and Dr Jon Prance ( It is anticipated that the appointments will be made from July 2022 or soon afterwards.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.