Research Fellow in Quantum Timing


A range of new applications are enabled by ultra-precise optical clocks, including tests of General Relativity, time and frequency metrology, geophysics and potential applications in astronomy including detection of black holes and gravitation wave detection. The Research Fellow is expected to work in close collaboration with industry partners and the ability to work across disciplines is expected. The Research Fellow will have access to our state-of-the art labs and will also benefit from the European Collaborations as well as from our direct link to the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology. This is a fantastic opportunity to enhance their profile in precision timekeeping with optical lattice clocks. 


Key Main Duties

•      Collaborate with the Cold Atoms team to fulfil its deliverables and milestones and contribute to the wider National Quantum Technology Programme.

•      Contribute to writing bids for research funding

•      Analyse and interpret data

•      Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding

•      Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc

•      Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods 

Person Specification


•      First degree in Physics and normally, a higher degree relevant to research area or equivalent qualifications

•      Experience in cold atoms and optical lattice clocks

•      High level analytical capability

•      Ability to communicate complex information clearly

•    Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones

•      Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively


The closing date for applications is 11th November 2021, with interviews expected to take place during the week commencing 22nd November 2021. Please note that we reserve the right to close this vacancy early once a sufficient number of applications have been received.


For further information please contact Dr Yeshpal Singh -