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EQuS Deborah Jin Fellowship

Apply now Job no: 505987
Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Academic - Research Only / Fellowship

Deborah S.Jin was a brilliant American physicist who was one of the world’s foremost experts on how ordinary atoms and molecules change their behaviour at extraordinarily low temperatures. Her visionary and methodical approach made it possible to use these ultracold gases as model systems to tease out the quantum principles that lead to behaviours in real materials, such as superconductivity.

The Deborah Jin Fellowship is offered by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS), honours her legacy by supporting and encouraging early-and mid-career women physicists.

EQUS is seeking to appoint two outstanding early career female candidates to perform research at one of our nodes (UQ, USYD, MQ, and UWA), as determined by the candidate’s expertise and research aspirations. 

ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS) has a vision "to conduct world-leading research to exploit the potential of quantum science and develop a range of transformational technologies that will benefit society". Node Manager and Chief Investigator, Associate Professor Thomas Volz, leads the research team at the Macquarie node of EQuS including Professor Gavin Brennen and Professor Jason Twamley.

To find out more about EQuS and our research, click here

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About the Role

Quantum systems are highly susceptible to noise and thus any quantum machine that requires large scale quantum entanglement to operate has to do so in a fashion which will be robust against such noise. There are numerous ways one can design such robustness, including various types of quantum error correction, and decoherence free subspaces. Most research has so far focused on the application of such robust quantum operations towards quantum computation but in this research project we will shift this focus towards the near term goals of performing Quantum Simulation and/or Quantum Sensing, in a resilient manner. Addressing these goals will permit experimentalists to develop machines that will operate in more realistic real-world environments.

The role will focus on discovering ways to use entanglement and large scale superposition for a quantum advantage in quantum simulations and quantum sensing, even under realistic noise scenarios. The role will involve close collaborations with the theory teams of Profs Brennen, and Twamley and the experimental team of A/Prof. Volz. 

Potential topics within the overall scope of Robust Quantum Engineering of Simulators and Sensors include (but are not limited to): 

[Simulators]: non-unitary quantum cellular automata, multiscale quantum simulators, and driven dissipative simulations with polaritons. 

[Sensors]: gravimetry with macroscopic superposition states, and magnetometry & weak field sensing with collective spins states of colour centres in diamond.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV, the names and contact details of at least two references, and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria.


  • Postgraduate qualifications (PhD level or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.
  • Thorough background in quantum information science.
  • Good record in either quantum simulation or quantum sensing or quantum error correction.
  • Demonstrated ability to research both collaboratively and independently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in supervising postgraduate students is considered favourably.

Appointment Type:  Full-time, fixed term up to 3 years. Alternative arrangements such as part-time, and/or job share will be considered. Please indicate your preference in your application.

Salary Package:  Level A, step 6 (PhD) from $91,991 to $98,588 or Level B from $ 103,914 to $122,947 per annum, plus 17% superannuation.  The level of appointment will be commensurate with the research experience and performance standards. There is also possibility of relocation assistance and start-up research fund support upon request.

For additional information and our Node Chief Investigator(s), the successful candidate would like to work with and their research themes, please click Download File here.

Specific Role Enquires: Prof Gavin K Brennen,

General Enquiries: Anne Kumanan, HR Officer via e-mail

To apply for Macquarie EQuS Node, please go to and submit your online application. Your cover letter should clearly identify the Chief Investigator/s and relevant EQUS research theme.

Application close:  Monday 5th August 2019 at 11:55pm.

Further information on barriers to participation for women in STEM can be found here.

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We work to ensure genuine equality of opportunity for people and we encourage you to apply for a position at Macquarie University.

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