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Research Opportunities

The Irwin group has open positions for both postdoctoral research fellows and new graduate students. The group probes fundamental questions in physics using quantum sensors. Opportunities include involvement in the Dark Matter Radio, a new search for QCD axions and other dark matter candidates in the peV - microeV mass range, and in the development of advanced superconducting quantum sensors for the measurement of electromagnetic signals and NMR spins. 

Graduate Students:

Prospective graduate students should apply to Stanford Physics or Applied Physics. Current Stanford graduate students should contact Kent Irwin directly to do a rotation. We are always looking for new students.


Postdoctoral Positions:

The Irwin group has openings for postdocs in three areas: microfabrication, superconducting microwave circuit development, and TES calorimeter development. To apply, send a CV as well as a brief statement of interest to Prof. Kent Irwin at irwinstanfordgroup at gmail dot com

Microfabrication

Strongly desired but not required:

  • Experience working in a shared cleanroom fabrication facility
  • Knowledge of process engineering and quality refinement
  • Stepper lithography, contact lithography
  • Thin-film metallization, patterning, adhesion
  • Dielectric application and patterning
  • Plasma RIE, RIE-ICP, and PECVD
  • DRIE and MEMS preparation and handling
  • Experience with high-yield and high-uniformity processes
  • Creativity for problem solving
  • Meticulous and detail oriented

Application of superconducting microwave circuits to quantum sensing

Strongly desired but not required:

  • Interest in quantum information science
  • Cryogenic experience: dry dilution refrigerator, adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator, liquid nitrogen and helium transfers for dip probes
  • Design and characterization of superconducting microwave circuits
  • Programming experience in Python for data acquisition and analysis
  • Microwave circuit modeling tools (including Sonnet or HFSS)
  • Experience with parametric amplifiers
  • Wire bonding, soldering, light machining, fine assembly
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

Direct detection of wavelike dark matter.

Strongly desired but not required:

  • Interest in particle physics and fundamental science
  • Cryogenic experience: dry dilution refrigerator, adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator,
  • liquid nitrogen and helium transfers for dip probes
  • Design and characterization of superconducting circuits
  • Programming experience in Python for data acquisition and analysis
  • Experience with radioactive source safety
  • Wire bonding, soldering, light machining, fine assembly
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills