Job Opportunities

The Hub for Sensors and Metrology is a £80M project within the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme. As a consortium between the Universities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Nottingham, Southampton, Strathclyde and Sussex, we aim to accelerate innovation from fundamental quantum science to commercial applications. We harness the quantum properties of cold and thermal atoms and ions to develop the most precise sensors for gravity, magnetic fields, rotation, light and time.

We are closely collaborating with the National Physical Laboratory and industry to explore commercial quantum sensors for breakthrough applications across a broad range of areas including climate, communication, financial trading, healthcare, oil and mineral exploration, sustainable cities and transport. If you would like to be part of this exciting initiative please contact us for opportunities in collaboration or in joining our team in one of the following roles:


We are looking for internationally recognised researchers in the area of cold atomic physics, with specific expertise in quantum sensors or quantum simulators. There is an opportunity to take over existing activities in quantum simulation with Bose-Einstein condensates and to lead optical lattice clock developments located at NPL, London. We are also open to applications in the wider field of quantum technology, including engineering towards applications of quantum sensors and optical clocks.

Please contact Professor Kai Bongs, phone: 0121 414 8278 email:

Postdoctoral and PhD positions

If you are a physicist with a love for technology and keen to create impact by translation of fundamental science into applications, or if you are an engineer excited about exploring new opportunities from fundamental science, then we have opportunities for you. We are looking for outstanding candidates across the fields of Physics and Engineering to join our teams.

Please contact Dr Jo Smart, phone 0121 414 3489 (Monday & Wednesday) or 07812 651633 (mobile) or email:

Job vacancies

Post-Doctoral Researcher position, University of Nottingham

We are looking for a postdoc to join our experimental cold atoms team at the University of Nottingham. An official announcement for the recruitment will be released soon.

The successful candidate will carry out experimental research and technological development of quantum sensors. The specific research focus is the demonstration of atom interferometric rotation sensing within the programme A-Phi – Atomic Photonic Integration, funded by DARPA. Preparation of scientific publications, assistance in the supervision of younger colleagues, and project reporting are also part of the responsibilities.

Candidates should have a PhD, or be near completion, in physics or a related discipline, and enjoy working in a team. Candidates should have excellent laboratory skills and a robust background in experimental atomic physics and/or quantum optics. Previous experience with matterwave interferometry is desirable.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 04 December 2020, limited by the project duration. Hours of work are full time. Depending on successful outcomes, the project may be extended by 18 months.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Thomas Fernholz, tel.: +44 115 9514753 or email: Please note that full applications will need to follow the formal process set out by the University of Nottingham.

More information about our group can be found at

Project Science Lead – Timing, Teledyne e2v

PhD position in Quantum Sensing and Optical Magnetometry, University of Nottingham

Precision Time and Frequency Scientists/Engineers, Dstl

PhD: Inertial Navigation using Atom Matterwave Interferometry

Further opportunities

There are upcoming positions not yet listed. To enquire about these please contact Dr Jo Smart, phone 0121 414 3489 (Monday & Wednesday) or 07812 651633 (mobile) or email: