Postdoctoral Research Associate in Quantum Optics | University of Sydney


Posted: 11-May-23

Location: Camperdown , New South Wales, Australia


Physics: Optics and Laser



Work Function:

Postdoctoral Research

Preferred Education:


Internal Number: 0104380

  • Full time, 2 years fixed term. Located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Physics
  • Opportunity to work on cutting-edge research in Quantum Optics and many-body physics. The quantum optics group operates within the larger Quantum Theory group within the School of Physics. The Quantum Theory group hosts over 40 researchers working on a wide range of topics within the area of Quantum Physics and Technology
  • Base Salary, Level A $100,717a + 17% superannuation



About the opportunity


The University of Sydney’s School of Physics are welcoming applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Quantum Optics, funded by Dr Sahand Mahmoodian’s Australian Reserch Council grant, “Emergent many-body phenomena in engineered quantum optical systems”. The field of research is quantum many-body physics of photons. The candidate can choose to undertake research on a range of topics within this area both focusing on fundamental research and for applications in developing quantum technologies.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • undertake research in the field of quantum many-body physics with photons with Dr Sahand Mahmoodian within the quantum optics theory group at the University of Sydney (
  • prepare and write manuscripts for publication
  • work with and assist other PhD students and undergraduate students undertaking research in this area.


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About you


The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD in Physics/Mathematics/Engineering with a focus on Quantum Optics, Quantum many-body physics, Condensed matter Physics or a related subject (candidates who are near completion will also be considered)
  • demonstrated experience in undertaking research in Quantum Optics, Quantum many-body physics, Condensed matter physics or a closely related area
  • demonstrated experience in performing theoretical and numerical research with the ability to work independently on problems
  • experience in working with advanced quantum many-body physics techniques (Bethe ansatz, matrix-product states, machine learning or other variational ansätze) is desired
  • desirable criteria: ability to co-supervise research students in the research area.

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How to apply


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 11.59pm, 8th June 2023

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