IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria), Georgios Katsaros

Position ID:IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria)-Georgios Katsaros-POSTDOC [#11266]
Position Title: Call for PostDoc Applicants for Hybrid semiconducting-superconducting InAs nanowire devices
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Klosterneuburg, Niederosterreich 3400, Austria [map]
Subject Area: Physics / Experimental Physics
Appl Deadline: finished (2018/06/06, finished 2019/06/02, listed until 2018/11/30)
Position Description:    

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In the past five years, there has been a huge wave of excitement in the prospect of using topological qubits for quantum computation. Such qubits are predicted to be robust versus decoherence. In the main focus of these proposals are the so-called Majorana fermions, introduces by Majorana more than 70 years ago. The proposals concering semiconducting nanowires triggered particular interest amoung various experimentalists since the realization of appropriate nanowire devices seemed to be experimentally most feasible. Indeed, the first signatures of Majorana fermions in InSb and InAs nanowires have been already reported [1,2]. However, the exotic properties of Majorana fermions have not been proves so far. In this project you will work with InAs/Al nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy [3] and you will address fundamental questions related to hybrid devices. Experiments will be devised in order to prove the exotic properties of Majorana fermions and to move towards the realization of a topological qubit. You will fabricate devices in the new IST Austria cleanroom and you will devise and work on experiments using state of the art cryogenic setups. The materials will be provided by Peter Krogstrup (University of Copenhagen).

References 1) V.Mourik et al.) Science 336, 1003 (2012) 2) S.M. Albrecht et al., Nature 531, 206 (2016) 3) P.Krogstrup et al., Nature Materials 14, 400 (2015)

Requirements for Postdocs: Strong CV/publication record. Experience with low temperature physics and techniques. Experience in the field of semiconductors and/or superconductors. Ability to work independently and in a team. Hard working mentality. Enthusiasm and high (self-)motivation.

What we offer: IST Austria offers a minimum salary of EUR 3,594 gross per month. In Austria salaries are paid in 14 monthly installments with extra payments in June and November.

IST Austria offers a supportive environment for research and professional development. It provides access to state-of-the art facilities from bioimaging to nanofabrication and scientific computing within its Scientific Service Units. It fosters an open and international culture with a scientific staff from more than 60 nations. It offers career development services for young scientists to prepare them for their next steps. And it provides numerous social and fringe benefits like additional health or accident insurance, accommodation, cafeteria, sport & leisure, language courses, free IST Austria shuttle bus, childcare on campus and other family services.

Contract duration is 2 years starting November 2018 (flexibility in starting date)

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