Theory of quantum sensors in the Quantum Machines Unit

The position

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see is a dynamic new graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The university is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking beautiful shoreline and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding (OIST campus video tour). There are no academic departments, which facilitates multidisciplinary research. Outstanding resources and equipment are provided and managed to encourage easy access and collaboration. English is the official language of the University, and the university research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. OIST is rapidly gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in education and research.

Position summary:

The Quantum Machines Unit seeks to develop hybrid quantum devices – where different types of quantum technologies are married together to build devices with unique functionality e.g. quantum sensors, quantum interfaces, probing the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, novel quantum computing architectures etc. Quantum Machines studied within the Unit can incorporate a wide variety of quantum technological platforms including solid-state, and mechanical quantum systems. In addition to theoretical work the Unit is focused on developing experimental quantum technology based on the preparation of quantum states of motion using magnetic levitation of small objects in vacuum. Such levitated platforms may prove useful for the investigation of macroscopic Schrodinger Cats – which are useful for precision sensing and probing the fundamental links between gravity and quantum mechanics.


We are seeking talented researchers to perform theoretical research in the field of quantum sensors. One of the near-term applications of quantum technology is to perform ultra-precise sensing. We seek motivated individuals who are interested to perform novel theoretical research in quantum enabled sensors. We have experimental efforts aiming at quantum enabled force/acceleration/gyroscope sensors and so theoretical interest/expertise in such quantum inertial sensors is desired. Such sensors can encompass a variety of quantum platforms including photons, mechanical oscillators, spins in solids, superconducting circuits etc.

  1. Perform theoretical research related to the core focus of the Unit – Quantum Machines – developing innovative quantum devices – under the direction of the Head of the Unit, Prof Jason Twamley and the dissemination of these research results via publication of journal articles, participation in national and international conferences, media releases and other output channels.
  2. Contribute towards building an inclusive, dynamic and respectful research ethos within the Quantum Machines Unit including participation in: Unit Seminar Programs, Unit meetings, Unit mentoring of graduate/intern students, Unit Journal Club etc.


  1. PhD in physics or a related discipline.
  2. Proficiency in spoken and written English.


  1. Prior experience in research related to theoretical research related to quantum sensors using a variety of different physics platforms e.g. diamond, superconducting, neutral atom, ion, etc.
  2. Prior experience in numerical methods related to quantum science and technology e.g. Mathematica, python, Matlab etc.
  3. Prior experience in working closely with experimental groups is desired.
Compensation and Benefits

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


Submission Documents

- Curriculum vita in English (and Japanese if available)

- Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)

- Names and contact information of 3~5 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

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Please submit all required application materials by email to:

Jason.twamley[at]  (Please replace [at] with @ before using this email address)

Or send documents via post mail to:

Recruiting Team, HR Management Section

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University,1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

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Job Type
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment Term

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Working Hours


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Job Location
Main Campus: 1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Application Due Date
01 May 2024
*Application will be closed once the position is filled.

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