Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)

Closing Date
Friday, 20th August 2021
Job Type
Mathematical Sciences
£27511 to £30942 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (£30942 with relevant PhD).

We are looking to appoint a motivated researcher to work with Dr. Madalin Guta and Prof. Juan P. Garrahan on the EPSRC funded project entitled “Statistical Theory of Controlled Quantum Dynamics”. 

The project aims to develop a new framework for statistical inference with finitely correlated states, and to apply the mathematical results to the identification and estimation of quantum open systems. The team will work on establishing central limit and concentration results for quantum processes, exploiting dynamical phase transitions for quantum enhanced metrology, applying input-output control techniques towards optimal measurement design, and developing statistical learning methods of time-dependent parameters.

The researcher will be an integral part of an interdisciplinary team based in the School of Mathematical Sciences and the School of Physics and Astronomy, and will actively contribute to the research activities at the overlap of the broad areas of quantum information, statistics and metrology, quantum open systems and non-equilibrium dynamics, and quantum control.

The candidate will carry out the following duties:

  • Undertake original research of international excellence.
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own and/or collaborative research area.
  • Prepare papers for publication in leading journals and/or contribute to the dissemination at national/international conferences, workshops and meetings resulting in successful research outputs.
  • Identify opportunities and assist in writing bids for research grant applications. Prepare proposals and applications to both external and/or internal bodies for funding, contractual or accreditation purposes.

We are looking for a motivated, skilled and highly independent researcher who can evidence:   

  • PhD or equivalent, in a relevant branch of mathematics, physics or a closely related discipline 
  • OR near to completion of a PhD 
  • Strong track record in at least one of the areas or their overlap:
  • statistical methods in quantum information
  • quantum open systems and quantum control
  • statistical mechanics and nonequilibrium dynamics
  • quantum many-body systems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with clarity on complex information.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
  • Networking, actively engaging with and valuing other areas and diverse groups.

This full-time position is available from 01/10/21 (or as soon as possible thereafter) until 30/06/24. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours) ; however applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 29 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part time and the number of preferred hours. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Madalin Guta ( or Prof. Juan P. Garrahan ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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