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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Physics
Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska
Date Posted 09/09/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Laser-Cooled Atoms Group at Creighton University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow. The successful candidate would play a leading role in a team of graduate and undergraduate students working with ultracold potassium-41. The goals of this project are to use a radio-frequency Feshbach resonance to dynamically modify the spin-dependent interaction energies at low magnetic fields in a spinor Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). Using this technique we are interested in producing spin-entangled states as a resource for interferometry beyond the standard quantum limit. Other projects include exploring unique magnetic phases made possible by the dynamical control of spin-interactions, and the emulation of spin-polaron physics and quantum walk algorithms using a 2D optical lattice. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to shape the research direction in this unique experiment and explore creative ideas.

The postdoctoral fellow will benefit from interaction with a diverse group of researchers as a part of the Emergent QUAntum materials and TEchnologies (EQUATE) collaboration. This interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration is focused on leveraging quantum mechanics to understand and build the next generation of quantum materials. The EQUATE collaboration includes 20 research groups from across Nebraska. Some of the other EQUATE investigators the candidate will interact with have research specialties in cold-atom theory, BECs of exciton-polaritons, and quantum-computing algorithms.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead the experimental effort at Creighton University and also to assist in guiding student research projects. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in experimental physics or engineering. Prior cold-atom experience is not required. If you are new to cold-atom research you will find it is an exciting and rewarding field! Teaching opportunities exist for the interested candidate, but teaching is not a requirement. The candidate will have the opportunity to travel to national and/or international conferences to present this work.



Ph.D. in experimental physics or enginerring
Excellent scientific communiction skills (written and verbal)
Ability to collaborate with others and guide student research
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Required Licenses/Certifications:
Physical Requirements:

Seeing: 75 – 100%
Hearing: 75-100%
Standing/Climbing/Mobility: 50-74%
Lifting/Pulling/Pushing: 25-49% (pound: lbs.)
Travel: 0-24%
Exposure to Blood Borne pathogens: Yes
AAP/EEO Statement:
Creighton University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory educational and employment environment. The University admits qualified students, hires qualified employees and accepts patients for treatment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or other status protected by law. Its education and employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other programs and activities, are administered without unlawful discrimination.
Disclosure Statement:
This description describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Regular, reliable attendance is an essential function and all employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. Employees may also be required to work in excess of normal working hours as workloads and seasonal activities necessitate. A complete description is available in the Human Resource office located at 3006 Webster Street Omaha, NE. Creighton University reserves the right to modify duties, responsibilities and activities at any time with or without notice.



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