The University of Birmingham is seeking applicants for five roles in the Quantum Sensing for
Position, Navigation and Timing Group. This includes people with expertise and interests
relevant to enabling quantum sensors and their underpinning hardware to operate in complex
inertial environments, high performance timing networks, and digital twinning in collaboration
with end users. These roles will work closely with academics from the quantum sensing group,
and from across the Schools of Engineering and Physics and Astronomy.
Assistant Professor in PNT Systems (ref 394)
To provide a comprehensive offering in quantum PNT, we are looking for an expert in PNT systems. You will have a proven track record in practical inertial navigation systems on real world platforms, ideally in combination with map matching for position fixes. The role is expected to collaborate with sensor experts in the QT Hub and the navigation experts in the railway group to devise and trial navigation solutions based on combinations of classical IMUs and quantum map matching for gravity. For more information, or to apply, click here.
Associate Professor in Opto-Electromechanical systems (ref 396)
The role is leading research into novel precision manufacturing methods for robust opto-electro-mechanical systems. This includes the optical system around a quantum sensor, comprised of lasers, frequency and amplitude modulators, light distribution and switching between paths. The aim is to devise “pick and place” or similar methods enabling cost-effective manufacture of quantum sensors up to a few 1000’s. The role holder is expected to collaborate closely with the quantum sensors group at the University of Birmingham to develop and trial new engineering concepts for the existing systems, making systems more cost-effective and robust. For more information, or to apply, click here.
Associate Professor in Robotic Optical Assembly (ref 400)
We are looking for an expert with a track record in visually aided precision robotic optical assembly. The aim is to automate the assembly of the complex optical systems in a quantum sensor, comprised of lasers, modulators, switches, spectroscopy cells and fibre coupling. You will be working closely with the QT Hub team on optical systems for quantum sensors and be open to engage with industry on your research. For more information, or to apply, click here.
Assistant Professor in Digital Twinning (ref 405)
This role is aimed at digital twinning of quantum sensors for the exploration of real-world applications. We expect the successful applicant to have a track record in modelling of atom interferometers and quantum clocks as well as in interfacing digital twins to industry systems, e.g. in the area of PNT. You will have the opportunity to work closely with the QT sensors group in Physics, including by interacting with existing models, and aim to develop these into full digital twins in collaboration with industry partners. For more information, or to apply, click here.
Associate Professor in Timing Networks (ref 409)
We are looking for an expert with a proven track record in frequency and time dissemination
via optical fibres, RF links and other means. You will be operating the NPL dark fibre link end point at the University of Birmingham and local fibre networks. You will be supporting clock comparisons for dark matter detection in fundamental physics as well as coherently linked radar systems. We would welcome an interest in coherent communication research. For more information, or to apply, click here.
We value diversity and inclusion and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.
Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Michael Holynski ([email protected]) and
Professor Kai Bongs ([email protected]).