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University of California Santa Barbara
  • Position Number: 3023163
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

Quantum Foundry/MRL Tempo Specialist, California NanoSystems Institute

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Position title: Quantum Foundry/MRL Tempo Specialist
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: August 1, 2022
Position duration: One year with possibility of renewal on an annual basis.


Open date: April 21st, 2022
Next review date: Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Quantum Foundry (QF) is a next generation materials foundry that develops materials and interfaces hosting the coherent quantum states needed to power the coming age of quantum-based electronics. The mission of the Foundry is to develop materials hosting unprecedented quantum coherence, train the next generation quantum workforce, and to partner with industry to accelerate the development of quantum technologies. Widely recognized as one of the top five materials research facilities in the world, the Materials Research Lab (MRL) serves as the innovation engine for discoveries in new materials, operating facilities that are widely used by a broad community. The QF and MRL of the University of California Santa Barbara are searching for a qualified and driven individual for a Specialist (Step commensurate with experience). The position will be jointly appointed to the Quantum Foundry of California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI, 50%) and the TEMPO shared facility of the (MRL, 50%) to assist in the operation and management of a suite of shared facilities instruments, specifically, a variety of low temperature measurement systems.

Job duties include:

CNSI-Quantum Foundry (50%):
  • Execute a scientific program aligned with the scientific mission of the Quantum Foundry and leveraging Foundry experimental facilities.
  • Develop and maintain a low temperature optics facility containing an array of cryogenic systems with optical access. This will also involve the training of users who leverage this facility for Quantum Foundry aligned science.
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and users to develop methods and tools in the low temperature optics and materials synthesis facilities leveraged by the Quantum Foundry.
  • . Occasionally host seminars and organize tours promoting Quantum Foundry facilities and user engagement.
  • Provide a source of secondary support for Quantum Foundry material synthesis facilities

    MRL-TEMPO (50%):
  • The candidate will perform specialized research developing tools and methods for low temperature measurements. For example, development of low- temperature (milliKelvin) NMR capabilities of battery materials in the Triton Dilution Refrigerator.
  • Take part in professional activities such as hosting seminars and workshops, publishing research, and attending conferences to present their research and advocate for the facility.
  • Utilizing their specialized knowledge and expertise, collaborate with faculty, staff, and external users to develop new methods and tools to increase the low-temperature capabilities of the MRL-TEMPO facility and utilization of MRL-TEMPO instruments.
  • Provide data collection, specialized data interpretation and user training to internal and external users of the Low Temperature Characterization Facility.
  • With the guidance of the facility director, provide training and application support for low temperature measurements systems in the facility. Primarily
    responsible for the Triton dilution refrigerator, but also including Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS) and Magnetic Property Measurement System (MPMS) and all of their measurement Options.
  • In collaboration with other facility staff, help to maintain instruments and other tools in the facility, maintain safety standards and perform other duties in support of facility operation.

    The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.


    Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Master's degree in a physical sciences discipline or at least 5 years of experience in low temperature measurements.

    Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    For Full Specialist consideration: Requires a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or have ten or more years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization.

    Preferred qualifications

  • Good hands-on lab skills
  • Interest in communicating, training, and working with users
  • Familiarity with low temperature instrumentation and analysis methods


    Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Sample of Scholarly Publication
  • Sample of Scholarly Publication (Optional)
  • Sample of Scholarly Publication (Optional)

    Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
    References for finalists will be contacted via telephone or e-mail by a committee member.

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    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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