Quantum Devices Lithography Postdoctoral Fellow

SCI Physics

Competition No.  -    A107847918
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position offers a benefits package found at Postdoctoral Fellows Benefits.

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Position Summary

Robert Wolkow has an opening for a postdoc to operate a Heidelberg Instruments state of the art NanoFrasor thermal and laser lithographic writing tool capable of seamless patterning from 10 nm to multiple micron scales. The tool will be used together with extensive co-located clean room lithography facilities to produce diverse proto quantum and other devices. Experience with e-beam litho is required to enable comparisons of the two approaches.

The work of the postdoc will be highly collaborative and therefore requires strong communication skills to enable effective interactions with colleagues of diverse backgrounds. Most work will serve to interface experimental atom-defined quantum devices and will be performed in close coordination with other team members. Examples of quantum devices include a new and highly capable Single Electron Transistor and a laser free, room temperature operable quantum magnetometer. Working with local SMEs, projects designed to create or improve diverse commercial nanoscale products will also be undertaken. A broad physics background in addition to lithography expertise  is required to successfully work in these diverse areas.

All of our work is coordinated with Quantum Silicon Inc which stands ready to commercialize our IP. Our academic work has direct connections to emerging applications and as a result, PDFs and students departing from our group have readily secured jobs at QSi, Google, D-Wave and 1-QBit to name some.

The candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • PhD in experimental Physics or Chemical Physics or engineering
  • Extensive experience in clean rooms and with diverse lithographic procedures
  • Extensive experience with lithography related analytical tools such as ellipsometry, SEM, AFM
  • Proficiency in LabVIEW and Python will be advantageous
  • Proven people-skills to enable effective collaborative work

Responsibilities will include:

  • Becoming an expert at the operation and maintenance of the NanoFrasor instrument
  • Training other users of the NanoFrasor
  • Designing and conducting lithographic procedures using the NanoFrasor and other lithographic tools to meet project requirements stated by supervisor Robert Wolkow
  • Setting up and completing suitable collaborative approaches required for each project
  • Preparing written reports on proposed, ongoing and completed projects

The position will be based at the University of Alberta. Our labs are state of the art, and we offer a flexible and supportive working environment with competitive wages. 

To Apply: 

Applicants should state their research experience pertaining to the position. Include a detailed CV and the names of 3 referees. Apply to Dr. Robert Wolkow, rwolkow@ualberta.ca

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.