Postdoctoral Researcher | University of Wisconsin Madison

Date Posted: 
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Position Location: 
Madison, WI
Job Description: 

Postdoctoral Researcher Position available in Micro and Nanophotonics: Quantum Computation with Atoms and Single-Molecule Spectroscopy with Optical Microresonators with Professor Randall Goldsmith, University of Wisconsin Madison


  1. Development of fiber resonators for enhanced atom-photon coupling in quantum networks consisting of trapped atoms
  2. Development of ultrahigh-Q toroidal microresonators as platforms for single-molecule spectroscopy (see our recent paper)

The Goldsmith lab at the University of Wisconsin Madison, interfaces micro and nanophotonic technologies with microscopy and spectroscopy in order to develop new tools for interacting with individual molecules and atoms. There is a high emphasis on the development of new cutting-edge instrumentation as well as its application to outstanding problems in chemical and biophysics.

A postdoctoral position is available to participate in two of these projects. First, in collaboration with Professor Mark Saffman at UW physics, we are fabricating high finesse Fabry-Perot fiber microresonators to enable strong interactions with trapped neutral atoms. This effort is part of a broader effort to pursue long-distance quantum communication over telecom wavelengths. Second, we are developing ultrahigh-Q optical microresonators as platforms for sensitive photothermal spectroscopy at the individual molecule-level. In this geometry, microresonators are used to sense the heat dissipated by individual molecules upon photoexcitation.

The Goldsmith lab is a highly interdisciplinary research group with projects ranging from biophysics to chemical kinetics, with advances in micro and nanophotonics a unifying theme. Madison, WI is consistently ranked as one of the  best  places to live in the US.


Interested applicants should send a short cover letter, CV, and list of three references to micronanophotonics@chem.wisc.eduApplicants with experience in fibers or photonics are particularly encouraged. A position is available immediately.