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Optomechanics and nonlinear optics involving orbital angular momentum (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher)

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    Dr G Robb
    Dr A Yao
    Prof Gian-Luca Oppo
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Project Description

We are seeking a highly qualified and ambitious candidate for a position as an early stage researcher with the aim of obtaining a PhD within the framework of the European Training Network ColOpt (Collective effects and optomechanics in ultra-cold matter). The project is funded under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network action H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016, Grant Agreement 721465. It involves twelve different partners from six European countries. The research program of ColOpt focuses on collective interactions of light with laser-cooled cold and quantum-degenerate matter. It will explore innovative control of matter through optomechanical effects, identify novel quantum phases, enhance knowledge of long-range coupled systems and advance the associated trapping, laser and optical technologies, establishing new concepts in quantum information and simulation.

The position opened at the Computational Nonlinear and Quantum Optics (CNQO) Group of the Department of Physics of the University of Strathclyde is aimed at the theoretical studies of optomechanics and nonlinear optics involving orbital angular momentum. The candidate will carry out theoretical analysis and numerical simulations of the interaction of structured light beams carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM) with cold atoms. Nonlinearities arising from optomechanical forces, internal atomic states and quantum coherences will be considered.

We are looking for an excellent and highly motivated candidate with a strong interest and experience in at least some of the areas of atomic physics, nonlinear optics, laser physics and quantum physics. We expect dedication and enthusiasm for theoretical research combined with openness and curiosity and the ability and willingness to work in a team. You will have an excellent BSc degree or MSc degree or equivalent in Physics.

The research training provided will comprise a broad portfolio of technical and transferable skills training on local and network level. The project will be part of a vibrant and stimulating international and inter-sectorial collaboration preparing excellently for a broad range of academic and industrial careers. Strong participation of non-academic partners and the interaction of academic and industrial partners is meant to raise awareness of career opportunities and to foster a culture of knowledge exchange and fruitful interaction between the academic and private sector, in particular to drive the emerging quantum technologies. You will attend a series of training workshops through the Network and will be expected to spend up to 6 months working with academic and industrial collaborators in the Network.

You will be supported for 3 years of full-time study to undertake a PhD, receive technical training at the University of Strathclyde, and be enrolled in the PhD program of the department under the supervision of Dr Gordon Robb, Dr Alison Yao & Prof Gian-Luca Oppo. You will also be enrolled in the graduate school of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) and for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development of the University of Strathclyde.

* The successful candidate will receive a financial package consisting of a living allowance, a family allowance (where applicable) and a mobility allowance, according to the rules for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). The minimum salary will be approximately £32,470

Funding Notes

You will be required to meet Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria. You can be of any nationality but must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to commencing in the role, and you must not have been awarded a Doctoral Degree. Applicants must be in the first four years of their research career.

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