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Research Fellow in Polaritonics

Quantum, Light & Matter Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017
Full Time Fixed Term (12 Months)
Closing Date:  Monday 05 July 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1389121WF

Recently, we proposed polariton lattices as a new platform for analogue simulation. Polariton lattices benefit by the continuous optical readout of the phase, energy, momentum and spin of the individual polariton vertices, the strong inter-particle interactions −mediated through the exciton component−, room temperature operation −with appropriate choice of materials−, and even the potential for electrical injection utilizing well-developed semiconductor technologies.

In this project, we will investigate experimentally the quantum speed-up of polariton simulators in realising the ground state of the XY Hamiltonian. Whereas for a classical simulator the time it takes to find the global minimum of the cost function of the problem increases exponentially with the number of degrees of freedom of the system, in a quantum simulator there is a polynomial increase of the time. Unravelling the mechanism of quantum speed-up is at the core of the fundamental physics underpinning polariton simulators.

To be successful you will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Physics or relevant engineering discipline and aknowledge of and keen interest in fundamental physics, optics, quantum, laser and semiconductor physics, and expertise in experimental photonics, and advanced spectroscopies.

The researcher will join a strong international team of students, postdoctoral and academic staff working together on many aspects of cutting-edge research in polaritonics and quantum simulation.

This project involves close collaboration and therefore international travel at IBM Zurich, and MIT-Skoltech.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance with a tentative starting date the 1st October 2021. 

Interested candidates should contact Prof Pavlos Lagoudakis ( ) for further information.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.   Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

The expiry date for this advert is 5th July 2021.  Please note that applications will be assessed as soon as they are received. Do not delay your application.  Interviews may be held and appointments made before the stated expiry date.

Application Procedure  

You should submit your completed online application form at  If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email  Please quote reference 1389121WF on all correspondence. 

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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