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Position Description

Area:              Quantum Nanophotonics
Duration:       2 years  
Start date:     September 1, 2019 (negotiable)
Salary:           55,000 – 70,000 CAD / year + benefits, negotiable depending on experience

The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Quantum Nanophotonics

Job Description:

Two postdoctoral positions in the lab of Prof. Paul Barclay are available for projects demonstrating nanophotonic and optomechanical technologies for applications in quantum information processing and sensing, including but not limited to quantum transduction, quantum memory, wavelength translation, and spin-photon entanglement. 

The first position will be based at NRC-Nano and NanoFAB, both located on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton. Its emphasis will be on device nanofabrication and demonstration from materials such as diamond, silicon and gallium phosphide. It will also involve experiments probing the potential for these devices as sensors of nanoscale phenomena at room and ultralow temperatures.

The second position will be based at the University of Calgary. It will emphasize experiments on coherent optical manipulation of mechanical devices for applications such as quantum memory, and on experiments in the emerging field of “spin-optomechanics” that couple diamond colour centre spins (e.g. NV and SiV centres) to light via their mutual interaction with a mechanical resonator.

These projects will leverage and further develop photonic devices fabricated from high quality single crystal diamond material by members of Prof. Paul Barclay's Quantum Nanophtonics Lab, which have led to recent demonstrations of multimode optomechanical processes (wide bandwidth wavelength conversion), coherent photon-phonon coupling (optomechanical EIT) and nonlinear nanomechanic phenomena. Efforts to incorporate coupling between these devices and diamond spins (e.g. NV and SiV centres) in order to implement quantum information processing devices are on-going and will be a major focus of the successful candidate’s research project.

The positions will be supported by access to state of the art equipment and nanofabrication facilities, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the setup of a newly funded ($2-3M) quantum transduction and networking lab. Exceptionally qualified candidates may be nominated for a University of Calgary Eyes High award.


Candidates should have experience in one or more of the following areas: nanofabrication, quantum emitter spectroscopy (e.g. quantum dots, NV centres, cold atoms), quantum material processing (annealing, implantation), or nanophotonic device design and experiment. Quantum optics experiment, cryogenics/low-T experiment, microwave circuit design and operation and NEMS device experience is also desirable.

Interested candidates should email their CV, statement of interests/cover letter, and contact information for two references to Prof. Paul Barclay –

Additional lab information can be found at

About the Quantum Nanophotonics Lab

The Quantum Nanophotonics Lab at the University of Calgary is an experimental physics laboratory with a focus on diamond photonics, quantum optomechanics, and nonlinear optics. Research in the lab involves device design, fabrication and experimental demonstration, and has been published in top journals including Physical Review X, Nature Nanotechnology, Optica, and Nano Letters. 

The research group is part of the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology at the University of Calgary, and also operates a lab at the NRC Nanotechnology Research Centre (formerly called the National Institute for Nanotechnology) in Edmonton Alberta, where group members have access to world class nanofabrication facilities.

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

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The University of Calgary is a publicly funded research-intensive university founded in 1966, with 14 faculties offering more than 250 academic programs, and more than 50 research institutes and centres. As one of Canada’s top comprehensive research universities, UCalgary combines the best of university tradition with the city of Calgary’s vibrant energy and diversity. Our main campus occupies a beautiful setting with a view of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, and covers more than 200 hectares — an area larger than Calgary’s entire downtown. In 2016, UCalgary was ranked as one of the top 200 universities in the world by QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.