“We are a newly established group at UCLA led by Prof. Clarice D. Aiello. Our mission is to establish the extent to which quantum mechanics accounts for biologically relevant phenomena, and can be manipulated to technological and therapeutic advantage.”
Experiments suggest that nontrivial quantum mechanical effects involving spin might underlie biologically relevant phenomena as varied as magnetic field detection for animal navigation, metabolic regulation in cells and optimal electron transport in chiral biomolecules. We investigate such phenomena using high-tech tools borrowed from the fields of quantum sensing/computing, device physics, and atomic and molecular (AMO) physics. Current and near-future research directions include:
- Optimal quantum control of spins in biological systems via optically-detected magnetic resonance performed under a single-molecule microscope, and subsequent correlation with microscopic cellular processes;
- Detection and control of spin coherence and polarization in electrons traversing nanoscale chiral potentials (from complex engineered materials to DNA and proteins) using a scanning tunneling microscope with spin-resonance capabilities.
At this time, we seek postdoctoral candidates with training in AMO (including but not restricted to: ultracold atoms, trapped ions, superconducting qubits, NV centers). Nanofabrication skills and experience in developing experimental control software are a plus.
Postdoctoral scholars are expected to conduct research in small teams, and mentor trainees. In particular, accepted candidates will have an invaluable opportunity to help shape our young lab. Formal teaching opportunities and pursuing the nationally recognized CIRTL certification at UCLA are possibilities. Clarice is invested in working with accepted candidates to develop a plan towards their own career goals.
PhD or equivalent in Physics or Engineering. Excellent English commands.
Pay is non-negotiable and at a NIH+7 level, well above-average for a postdoctoral appointment in the United States (scholarships will be topped up to this amount). Postdoctoral contracts are 1-year long, with the possibility of extension upon mutual agreement.
All team members are encouraged and expected to apply for fellowships.
Engineering › Electrical engineering
Physics › Quantum mechanics
31 December 2020