The Quantum Pontiff

Two Body Problem of a Different Kind

Two faculty postions in experimental Quantum Information and Nanoscience are being advertised at the University of Bristol. The positions are a part of the Centre (not sure what that word is) for Quantum Photonics and will be housed in the new 11M Nanoscience & Quantum Information Building. Since quantum and nano are so small they should be able to cram a lot of work in this new building! Oh wait, that’s not how it works.

The listing:

The University of Bristol is seeking to make two academic (faculty) appointments jointly in the Department of Physics and Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow level (equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professor in the US) in the area of experimental photonic quantum information and nanoscience. Subsequently and subject to satisfactory progress the post holders will hold University funded academic positions.

Bristol has a major research initiative in Nanoscience and Quantum Information. These positions will be part of the newly established Centre for Quantum Photonics, which spans the Faculties of Science and Engineering and will be predominantly housed in the new £11M Nanoscience & Quantum Information Building, due for completion in May 2008.

These posts will initially be associated with an Engineering & Physical Science Research Council-funded project “Photonic quantum technologies” which will provide a high level of research support in the first five years. Candidates will have an outstanding record of research in an area that complements and enhances our existing activities in quantum photonics, and which might include single photon sources, single photon detectors, semiconductor cavity-QED, or guided optical implementations of quantum photonic devices.


  1. #1 Pieter Kok
    February 8, 2008

    They write “centre” to distinguish the noun from the verb. 😉

  2. #2 Ian Durham
    February 8, 2008

    Note that British spellings of certain words like “centre” are the original spellings and that good old Tommy Jefferson decided we needed to be sufficiently different from our stodgy cousins and introduced the American spellings of certain words. So, in theory, “centre” is correct.

  3. #3 Todd Brun
    February 8, 2008

    I believe that those spelling differences were promulgated by Noah Webster, not Thomas Jefferson.

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