International funding update from EPSRC

  • EPSRC launched a call for early career international collaboration grants earlier this week.
  • UKRI is now listed under ‘Partner Research Teams’ on JST’s webpage, meaning that Japanese researchers in Quantum can now apply for funding from the Japanese government to collaborate with UK researchers who already have funding from UKRI.
  • Soon to be opened: “Money Follows Cooperation” agreement with Research Council Norway, simplifying the process of applying for collaborative research funding: UKRI CEO visit to Norway and Sweden – UKRI

Two postdoctoral positions at the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona

Two postdoctoral positions at the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona,
IMB-CNM-CSIC and the Quantum Computing Technology Group – IFAE

The Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona (IMB-CNM-CSIC) and the Quantum Computing
Technologies (QCT) group at the Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE) offer two postdoctoral
positions within the projects Micro-nano fabrication technologies for mitigation of radiation
effects (MINARE) and Nanofabrication-Enhanced Superconducting Qubit Quality (NESQQ),
both funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Project MINARE, as part of coordinated project IRCQ, aims at overcoming detrimental effects on qubit
coherence caused by ionizing radiation by exploring on-chip solutions based on new materials and advanced processing. The project includes establishing the production and consolidation of conventional superconducting circuits based on aluminum thin films, while proposing two unconventional strategies for reducing quasiparticle effects or managing internal losses.

Project NESQQ aims at the improvement of superconducting qubit quality by combining
nanofabrication and noise filtering techniques. The project will look at improving qubit coherence time and parameter reproducibility by reduction of on-chip microscopic flux and charge noise following state-of-the-art nanolithography and processing techniques. This approach includes reducing the presence of spurious twolevel fluctuators and quasiparticles by, on one hand, dedicated surface passivation techniques and, on the other hand, introducing novel materials in the qubit device production.

Interested candidates are expected to:
Hold a PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Nanotech, Quantum, HEP, etc.
Be experienced in experimental techniques, in at least two of the following areas:

  • Superconducting devices,
  • Thin film materials,
  • Micro/nanoelectronic device fabrication,
  • Microwave quantum coherent control,
  • Cryogenics

Applications and requests for further information should be sent to and
Interested researchers should include an updated CV with a letter of intent or motivation, and
could arrange for 3 letters of recommendation. The appointments will be for 2 or 3 years terms.
Proposed start of the appointment: Late Fall 2022 / Early 2023
Closing date: Open until the positions are filled

IMB-CNM-CSIC and IFAE are equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace, and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Sending CVs to IFAE implies consent to the institute’s legal warning.

GDR IQFA 13th Colloquium 16-18th November 2022

The CNRS research network “Quantum Engineering, Fundamental Aspects to Applications” (IQFA) is organising the GDR IQFA 13th Colloquium at the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CNRS, Université Paris Saclay) from Wednesday 16th to Friday 18th November 2022.

Deadline for registration: Sunday, October 16th 2022 at 23:59

Deadline for abstract submission: Sunday, October 2nd 2022 at 23:59

Kai-Mei Fu Seminar

We would like to thank again this month’s seminar speaker, Kai-Mei Fu from the University of Washington. Kai-Mei gave a very interesting talk on her research of donors in ZnO. You can access the full presentation, as well as our previous speakers, from the RAISIN website.

2022 Workshop Programme

The draft programme for the 2022 RAISIN workshop has now been published, 2022 Workshop Programme. We are looking forward to the face-to-face talks and discussions with our network members as we prepare the interim roadmap for the applications of implanted single impurities for quantum technologies.