Postdoctoral Researcher in Physics

University College Cork Department of Physics

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Physics

24 Months, Fixed-term, Whole-time Post

Position Summary

Davis Group research concentrates upon the fundamental physics of electronic, magnetic, atomic and space-time quantum matter. A specialty is development of innovative instrumentation to allow direct visualization (or perception) of characteristic quantum many-body phenomena at atomic scale.

Davis Group operates three suites of ultra-low vibration laboratories, one at Kane Building at University College Cork (IE) , a second in Clark Hall at Cornell University (US), and a third at Beecroft Building at Oxford University (UK). The overall objective is to exploit the distinct capabilities and facilities at all laboratories to maximize scientific efficiency.

Ours is as single research group conducting scientifically harmonized studies with complementary scientific instruments at all three locations. Other key components of our program are at the Max Planck Graduate Center for Quantum Materials in Dresden.

The ideal PDR candidate will have a combination of specialized knowledge, skills and successful experience in several of the following research areas:

• Sub-Kelvin Refrigeration
Concepts, operation and maintenance of sub-kelvin 3He-refrigerators and 3He-4He dilution refrigerators, based on both liquid 4He and cryofree cryostats.
• Ultra-low Vibration Techniques
Concepts, operation and maintenance of ultra-low vibration experiments, including control of mechanical, acoustic, cabling, vacuum-line, and cryogenic noise.
• High-field Superconducting Magnets
Concepts, operation and maintenance of persistent superconducting magnets at fields up to 20 Tesla.
• Superconducting Quantum Inference Devices & Qubits
Concepts and operation of Josephson junctions, SQUIDS and superconducting qubits.
• High-frequency Data Acquisition and Control Electronics
Concepts, operation and maintenance GHz bandwidth , high signal/noise data acquisition and storage.
• Instrument Design and Fabrication
Principles of, and experience with, scientific instrument design; project management, CAD tools, prototyping, machining, assembly, integration, testing and operation of custom built instruments.
• Spectroscopic Imaging Scanning Tunneling Microscopy
Concepts, operation and maintenance of low temperature spectroscopic imaging STM including, quasiparticle interference imaging of correlated metals, topological states and superconductors.
• Quantum Matter Theory
Knowledge and experience of contemporary theory for topological superconductors, Bose condensates, topological heavy fermions, ferromagnetic topological insulators, Dirac and Weyl semimetals, magnetic monopole fluids, quantum spin liquids and exciton fluids.
• Data Management, Analysis & Machine Learning
Knowledge and experience in high volume image-array data acquisition and management, development of custom software and machine learning techniques for advanced image-array data analysis.

Post Duration: 24 months

Salary: €39,130 - €46,442 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project: Quantum Visualization of Quantum Matter

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor J.C. Séamus Davis, Professor of Quantum Physics, Physics Department , Tel: + 353 (0) 21 4902482; Email:

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) Thursday, 25 August 2022. No late applications will be accepted.

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Contact Person : Professor J.C. Séamus Davis

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Job ID : 053931

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Close Date : 25-Aug-2022 12:00