Institut Quantique, Universite de Sherbrooke

Position ID:Universite de Sherbrooke-Institut Quantique-POSTDOCMPL [#10356]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow - Pioro-Ladrière Group
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Sherbrooke, Quebec J1K2R1, Canada [map]
Subject Areas: Quantum Information Science
Physics / Quantum Computing
Appl Deadline:2017/11/30 finished (2017/10/31, finished 2018/06/03, listed until 2018/04/30)
Position Description:    

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Prized Postdoctoral Fellowship :
Leading the next generation of semiconductor qubits

About you

We are looking for a creative and talented individual that will lead at Institut quantique the development of the next generation of spin qubits in quantum dots. Candidates with a solid expertise in experimental quantum computing or nanoelectronics are encouraged to apply.  Applicants should have an excellent publication record and/or a strong potential for technological transfer of their research results, as required by our Prized Postdoctoral Fellowships program. The fellow will need to have completed his or her PhD in the 4 years prior to starting his or her position.

About the project

Silicon offers compelling properties for spin qubits in quantum dots. On the one hand, high-performance silicon qubits with integrated micro-magnets demonstrated the fastest and most reliable single-qubit gates in quantum dots. On the other hand, silicon renders the most recent spin qubit designs compatible with the complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) fabrication processes, the current computer-chip manufacturing standard. This close connection with the microelectronics industry opens up promising avenues for rapid improvement of individual qubits and for scaling to fully-fledged quantum processors. Still, a major remaining issue for industrial development of spin qubits is coming up with structures that can bridge the gap between high performance qubits and large scale integration.

By working at Institut quantique, the fellow will have the opportunity to overcome this gap by designing, planning and realizing a five qubits experiment with silicon MOS quantum dots. The fellow will benefit from (i) the expertise of Prof. Michel Pioro-Ladrière’s group on micro-magnets qubits; (ii) nanofabrication engineers at Institut quantique; (iii) the MOS quantum dot platform of Sandia National Laboratories; (iv) the Fully Depleted Silicon on Insulator advanced CMOS technology of STMicroelectronics, a global microelectronics company; and (v) the Quantum Researchers Toolkit of Keysight Technologies, the world's leading electronic measurement firm.

About us

The Institut quantique is a research institute at the Université de Sherbrooke that focuses on quantum science and technologies. We bring together experts in quantum materials, quantum information and quantum engineering with the aim of performing top-quality fundamental research and developing the quantum technologies of the future. Our institute includes state-of-the-art experimental research infrastructure, maintained by a team of skilled technicians and research associates. We maintain a dynamic research environment with yearly summer schools and workshops in quantum materials, quantum information and mesoscopic physics. Research at the Institut quantique is highly collaborative and strengthened by well-established international connections.

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About the fellowships
  • Highly competitive salaries are offered.
  • Discretionary research and travel funds are included.
  • Fellows are encouraged to drive their own research program and collaborate with researchers of their choosing.
  • Fellows will have access to an internal funding competition and will be free to mentor students.
  • Courses in languages, entrepreneurship and intellectual property are available at the Université de Sherbrooke.
  • Dedicated support for patent applications is available.
  • No teaching is required but involvement in summer schools and workshops is encouraged.
How to apply
  • Submit a CV and a short description of your research interests and proposed research program on next-generation spin qubits (maximum 2 pages).
  • Arrange to have 2 letters of recommendation forwarded directly to the institute.
  • Applications and letters should be sent to
Applicants that are selected for an interview will be invited to visit Sherbrooke to give a seminar and meet the spin qubits team and other potential collaborators.

We encourage you to apply for the fellowship competition before November 30th, 2017. However, numerous funding opportunities are available throughout the year and we recommend contacting IQ researchers regarding postdoctoral positions at any time.

Université de Sherbrooke values diversity, equality and employment equity in its community, and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, in particular women, members of visible and ethnic minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

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Institut Quantique
Universite de Sherbrooke
2500 boul. de l'Universite
Sherbrooke (Québec)
J1K 2R1
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