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Research Associate

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has active research programmes in soft matter physics, semiconductor physics, astrophysics, high-energy particle physics and biological physics. All of these groups contribute to a dynamic research

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to become a member of the Low Dimensional Structures and Devices group in the Department to work on the EPSRC funded project "Optical Quantum Communication." The project's goal is to develop protocols for optimizing eavesdropping strategies for optical quantum communication. You will work under the direction of Dr Pieter Kok.

You will combine analytical and numerical techniques to establish information theoretic bounds on the amount of information that an eavesdropper can extract in a so-called side-channel attack of quantum communication protocols, where unintentional broadcasting of information by one or more of the communicating arties compromises the security of the channel. Understanding the information flow in side channel attacks for real and idealized devices will help create practical
and secure quantum communication channels.

You will have a good honours degree in a relevant subject area (or equivalent experience) and have or be about to obtain a PhD, in quantum optics or quantum information theory.

The supporting documentation can be viewed by clicking on About the Job and About the University located near the top of the screen.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
 Study and develop a variety of eavesdropping techniques, both in specific quantum optical implementations, and in generalised quantum channels.

 Read academic papers, journals and textbooks and attend conferences to keep abreast of recent developments in the field.

 Liaise with researchers from a range of collaborative areas within the University, HE sector and beyond.

 Analyse and record data to aid future research.

 Maintain a systematic record of scientific outcomes.

 Plan own research on timescales of 1-6 months, including timely delivery of milestones.

 Write advanced publications and present work at national and international conferences.

 If given a particular hypothesis to examine, plan for own contribution up to 3 months ahead, incorporating issues such as the availability of resources, deadlines, project milestones and overall research aims.

 Contribute to and support the work of the Research Group (e.g. writing reports, interim reports and grant applications and providing training in basic morphometric skills).

 Carry out administrative roles as required

 Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.

Qualifications and experience

1. Good honours degree in a relevant subject area (or equivalent experience)

2. Have or be about to obtain a PhD in quantum optics or quantum information theory

3. Understanding of quantum communication protocols

4. Familiarity with quantum information theory

5. Understanding of theoretical quantum optics.

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