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Quantum Light and Matter

Quantum Light and Matter

The Durham Quantum Light and Matter (QLM) research section encompasses several research groups sharing a common interest in the study of the quantum properties of atoms, molecules and solids and their interactions with light. Our work aims to advance our fundamental understanding of quantum light and matter, whilst exploring a broad range of applications in quantum science, metrology and quantum technologies.

QLM team October 2018

Opening for an Assistant Professor - starting October 2019


The Department of Physics at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor in Quantum Light & Matter. The successful candidate will join the Quantum Light & Matter Group (QLM) and will have research experience that complements and strengthens the existing areas of research within the QLM with a research focus on the experimental study of quantum gases and ultracold molecules. The successful applicant is expected to develop an original and independent research program, to publish world-class research with a focus on quality in high impact journals and have the potential to engage with industrial partners. They will also contribute to the development and delivery of high-quality research-led teaching that produces a world-class learning environment which enables undergraduate and postgraduate students to achieve their potential. The position will start around October 2019.


Candidates should have a PhD in Physics or a related subject and an established record of research at the highest international level. They should have also demonstrated potential for teaching and postgraduate student supervision. For further information and details refer to our job listing on the university website.

Our research covers experimental and theoretical topics broadly arranged into the following themes:

  • Bose-Einstein condensation and Fermi-degenerate gases
  • Cold and ultracold molecules
  • Quantum computation and simulation
  • Quantum optics
  • Quantum technologies
  • Rydberg systems
  • Spectroscopy of thermal vapours

The QLM group is a key partner in the Joint Quantum Centre (JQC) Durham-Newcastle. Founded in 2012, the JQC is broadly dedicated to the research of various aspects of quantum science and technology. The centre is composed of members from the departments of Physics and Chemistry at Durham University and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University, leading to a rich and stimulating research environment.

Contact Details

Durham University,
Durham,
DH1 3LE,
Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 2000