Postdoctoral Researcher - Experimental Quantum Information Science

Massachusetts, US
Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.
Nov 01, 2023
Posting live until
Dec 31, 2023

Postdoctoral appointment in experimental quantum information science at MIT

The Quanta group ( at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, USA, is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral appointment to perform research in experimental trapped-ion quantum information science and technology.  The group is part of the Harvard-MIT Center of Ultracold Atoms (CUA) and the MIT Center for Quantum Engineering (CQE), and experimental efforts are led by Prof. Isaac Chuang and Dr. John Chiaverini.  Current research in the group includes a focus on the exploration and demonstration of the use of novel electronic states in trapped ions for quantum information processing, such as the utilization of novel techniques in metastable manifolds to protect or manipulate quantum states in multi-qubit algorithms and sensing protocols.  Technologies employed include surface-electrode ion traps utilizing integrated optical and electronic technologies. 

Opportunities:  The postdoc will have the opportunity to develop their unique research interests broadly aligned with group goals, to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, to present their work at relevant conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals, and to participate in CUA, CQE, and MIT activities. There is the potential to work with collaborators at other institutions, and the Quanta group also has efforts in quantum information theory, providing an opportunity for close collaboration with theoretical/computational researchers.  This is a nominal two-year appointment, with the possibility of extension to a third year.  The expected start date is in early 2024, but there is some flexibility.

Required education and experience:  Candidates with experimental experience in physics or electrical engineering, or related fields, with a PhD at the time of appointment, are encouraged to apply.  Additionally, familiarity with free-space and fiber optics and basic electronics, basic programming skills and experience analyzing data, and good communication skills and willingness to work on closely with team members, are all desired.  Experience in the following a plus:  experimental trapped-ion or cold-atom physics, experimental control and automation, or cryogenics; familiarity with quantum-information or atomic-clock protocols.

Please submit the following:  (1) A 1-2 page statement of past research experience, future research interests, and career goals; (2) A detailed CV with publications/presentations; (3) Contact information for three references.  The above materials, as well as any questions, should be emailed to and  Applications will be considered until the position is filled.