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Experimental Quantum Optics and Single-Photon Optics – Postdoc

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, United States
Employer Description

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. The Space and Remote Sensing group (ISR-2) in the Intelligence and Space Research division (ISR) is seeking highly motivated post-doctoral candidates in the areas of Experimental Quantum Optics and Single-Photon Optics. This division develops and applies remote sensing instrumentation to problems of national security and related sciences.


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Job Description

On a typical day, our scientists are testing new single-photon cameras, developing new data analysis algorithms, designing instruments for NASA missions to Mars or Europa, building small satellites, operating remote telescopes, doing field experiments and collaborating with other teams across the Laboratory and around the world. Applications of our work include space-based nuclear detonation detection, space situational awareness, airborne remote sensing, nuclear proliferation detection, atmospheric science, climatology, lightning science, ionospheric physics, planetary science and astrophysics. We also pursue new ideas in technologies and applications related to our mission.


With guidance from senior staff, you will be responsible for contributing to experimental quantum optics and single-photon optics research in collaborative projects between ISR-2 and other Laboratory groups. Research opportunities may include quantum bioimaging with entangled photons, resources for optical quantum communication, such as quantum memories, new interferometric measurement techniques and applications of high-time resolution single-photon imaging.

Job Requirements


  • Ph.D. in a field relative to Experimental Optics (Physics, Astronomy, Electrical Engineering, etc.), completed within the past 5 years or soon to be completed
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct experimental research, both independently and on teams
  • Ability and desire to learn new skills and become an expert in new areas of interest
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Tabletop quantum optics experiments, especially single-photon sources and entangled photon sources
    • Optical quantum information applications, e.g., quantum communication or computing
    • Single-photon detectors and analysis of single-photon data
    • Data analysis in Phython or other programming languages
    • Space topics or applications, e.g., satellites, orbital mechanics, astronomy, atmospheric science or space science
19 November 2020
18 January 2021
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors