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Two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Birmingham

May 28, 2021

The Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy and Cold Atoms Group at the University of Birmingham invite applications for a 2.5-year
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Experimental Dark Matter Searches and
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Quantum Optomechanics.
Application deadline: July 31st 2021

University of Birmingham: experimental dark matter searches

The Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy and Cold Atoms Group at the University of Birmingham invite applications for a 2.5-year Postdoctoral Fellowships in Experimental Dark Matter Searches.

The Standard Model has been extremely successful in making experimental predictions in the past decades, yet leaves some key phenomena unexplained. In particular, it does not include gravity and does not explain dark matter. Analyses of a range of observations, including the rotation velocities of galaxies, microlensing, and the large-scale structure of the universe hints for non-baryonic nature of dark matter. In this project, we search for the very promising dark matter candidates: axions and axion-like-particles which were originally postulated to resolve the strong charge plus parity violation problem in quantum chromodynamics

The aim of the project is to build a quantum-enhanced interferometer and search for axion-like-particles in the galactic halo. A successful project will probe axion-light interactions in the so far unexplored regime. You should hold, or should be close to completing, a PhD in experimental research in any of the following areas: quantum optics, particle physics or gravitational-wave detection. You will have the full support of an expert team and we will provide training for those areas you are less familiar with.

This highly collaborative project is a joint effort between the universities of Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Strathclyde, and Warwick as a part of the “Quantum-enhanced interferometry for New Physics” consortium. Birmingham hosts the experiment in the laboratory of the Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy which is one of the leading research centres worldwide focusing on the booming field of astrophysics. The Birmingham Cold Atoms group will provide support for the construction of the source of quantum light.

For more information, visit:

https://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/qi/
https://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/instrumental/
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/physics/quantum/cold-atom...

Apply: https://bham.taleo.net/careersection/external/jobdetail.ftl?job=210000JS...

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University of Birmingham: experimental quantum optomechanics

The Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy and Cold Atoms Group at the University of Birmingham invite applications for 2.5-year Postdoctoral Fellowships in Quantum Optomechanics.

Quantum mechanics and the general theory of relativity have successfully passed all experimental tests to date. For example, propagation of errors in modern quantum computers, such as Google’s Sycamore does not show any signs of unexpected decoherence in a highly entangled state. At the same time, recent observation of gravitational waves from binary black holes and binary neutron star mergers proved that the general theory of relativity also holds in a very strong gravitational field. The main related and long-standing research question is: How can gravity be united with the other fundamental forces?

The aim of the project is to build an optical interferometer and study quantum light-matter interactions. A successful project will measure quantum motion of cryogenic 10-g silicon mirrors to test models of semiclassical gravity. You should hold, or should be close to completing, a PhD in experimental research in any of the following areas: quantum optics, particle physics or gravitational-wave detection. You will have the full support of an expert team and we will provide training for those areas you are less familiar with.

This highly collaborative project is a joint effort between the universities of Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Strathclyde, and Warwick as a part of the “Quantum-enhanced interferometry for New Physics” consortium. Birmingham hosts the experiment in the laboratory of the Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy which is one of the leading research centres worldwide focusing on the booming field of astrophysics. Researchers from the Birmingham Cold Atoms group will provide their expertise in quantum optics to the project.

For more information, visit:

https://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/qi/
https://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/instrumental/
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/physics/quantum/cold-atom...

Apply: https://bham.taleo.net/careersection/external/jobdetail.ftl?job=210000JV...