Research Associate in Quantum Communications

We are seeking a talented postdoctoral research associate to work on an experimental project looking at assurance for quantum random number generators (QRNGs). This position is funded by the EPSRC’s Quantum Communications Hub and will be based at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington in the group led by Dr Alastair Sinclair. The project will involve developing the necessary experimental understanding, expertise and techniques to test quantum photonic QRNGs. The developed approach will be applied to one or two selected implementations, and contribute to the development of a UK assurance process for these devices.

This is a fixed term position to start as soon as possible and will finish at the end of November 2019.  You will be based at the NPL in Teddington and the University of York will employ you throughout your contract.

The responsibilities of this role include:

  • Conducting research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research
  • Providing guidance to other project partners and interacting with them to understand the experimental results that are achieved.
  • Co-ordinating and attending meetings and research visits with project partners
  • Assisting in the identification and development of potential areas of research
  • Undertaking appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project, including conference organisation, and the development of promotional or educational material including website maintenance and development, as required.

You should hold an equivalent of a PhD in Physics or Engineering by the start date of your appointment with relevant expertise in photonics and will also have the ability to develop research objectives and projects in collaboration with others.

You will have experience of writing up research work for publication and have the ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using your own initiative. You will also have the competency to make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events.

Informal technical enquiries regarding this post may be made to: Dr Christopher Chunnilall (

Informal enquiries regarding the Quantum Communications Hub may be made to: Professor Tim Spiller (

To apply, please complete the application form by clicking on the relevant 'Apply Now' link here. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 21st March 2018.