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The Quantum Systems (QS) Division of the Georgia Tech Research Institute's Cybersecurity, Information Protection, and Hardware Evaluation Research (CIPHER) Lab is seeking self-motivated individuals with experience in quantum sensor or computing research. The division is composed of a large team of scientists and engineers from disciplines including physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, optical science, mechanical engineering, mathematics, and chemical engineering. QS employees perform fundamental research exploring next-generation technologies based on exotic physical phenomena, working to prove that devices based on these technologies can provide real-world solutions relevant to sponsors.

Our research portfolio includes funded programs in trapped-ion quantum computing, simulation, and sensing, quantum magnetometry and electrometry, molecular data storage technology, mass spectrometry, and chemical sensing. Support is also available for development of projects outside of existing areas of research. QS researchers frequently contribute to projects in other GTRI labs and CIPHER divisions involving research in other topics including artificial intelligence and machine learning, communications, biophysics, security, and optics.

The candidate will be expected to work independently and effectively in a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary team environment.
Affiliated with the Georgia Institute of Technology and located on its main campus in Atlanta Georgia, GTRI offers a unique opportunity to conduct applied research in a university setting. Employees in this position are encouraged to publish academic literature and pursue collaborations with academic, government, and industry partners.

Job Purpose

An applied physicist leverages knowledge and skills from the fields of physics, chemistry, material science, and mathematics to contributes to the technical leadership in research projects in the analysis, design, and development of innovative systems, sensors, or may focus on developing/applying new materials for energy storage systems and sensors. They design and conduct experiments and/or simulations to ascertain the physical properties and behaviors of systems. Experiments conducted may involve the measurement, characterization, and testing of equipment and environmental phenomenology using specialized tools. Modeling and simulation tools developed are based on fundamental physical principles and are used to inform the design of systems and sensors, to evaluate their theoretical performance, and to develop algorithms for command, control, and data exploitation. They perform fundamental experimental or theoretical work in areas such as optical systems, EO/IR & RF M&S and analysis, photonics and new materials. For example: development of energy systems utilizing novel nanomaterials to create energy producing, harvesting, and storage systems. An applied physicist contributes to the application of new materials to the healthcare, entertainment, and security areas.

Key Responsibilities

  • Perform basic tests, experiments, calculations, and/or simulations to determine physical parameters/properties and behaviors of materials and systems and conduct basic data analysis on the results of measurements and/or simulations
  • Perform literature surveys on research topics
  • Generate documentation of experiments and results

Additional Responsibilities

  • Contribute to existing experimental quantum sensor and simulation/computing research programs,
  • Author technical reports and publications,
  • Present research to sponsors and peers in the lab, at program reviews, and in conferences,
  • Keep up-to-date in relevant published literature on applied quantum technologies,
  • Participate in proposal writing and other business development activities.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates currently enrolled in an accredited degree program relevant to this position will be considered.
  • Demonstrated expertise, e.g. through peer-reviewed publications, in the field of experimental quantum sensing or quantum computing.
  • Familiarity with experimental techniques common in atomic, molecular, and optical physics labs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active TS/SCI Clearance
  • Lab experience with trapped ions, laser cooling, vapor cell sensors and spectroscopy, or solid state color centers, e.g. NV-centers in diamond.
  • Experience designing and demonstrating practical or fielded quantum devices.
  • Skills (any of the following): scientific programming, micro/nano-fabrication methods, integrated photonic design.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • An ability to effectively communicate technical concepts to technical and non-technical audiences.

Travel Requirements

<10% travel

Education and Length of Experience

This position vacancy is an open-rank announcement. The final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Research Faculty Extension Professional ranks as outlined in section 3.2.1 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook

  • 5 years of related experience with a Bachelors degree in Physics, Applied Physics, or a related field of study.
  • 3 years of related experience with a Masters degree in Physics, Applied Physics, or a related field of study.
  • 0 years of related experience with a Ph.D. in Physics, Applied Physics, or a related field of study.

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the U.S. federal government, candidates for this position must be U.S. Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

Benefits at GTRI

Comprehensive information on currently offered GTRI benefits, including Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Time Off, and Professional Development, can be found through this link: https://hr.gatech.edu/benefits

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institutes mission of solving the worlds most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


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Applied Physicist-CIPHER

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
Atlanta, GA 30303

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19th2019 - Physicist
Overall Rating: 19/199
Median Salary: $117,220

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