Open Positions

The Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute is always seeking outstanding postdoctoral researchers. Resumes can be sent to With over 50 faculty members, we often have openings in a number of quantum-related areas, including:

  • Quantum Materials
    Exploiting quantum physics to manipulate electrons, photons and atoms in quantum materials, with the aim to uncover novel quantum phenomena and new states of matter. One example is topological states of matter that may lead to topologically-protected, fault-tolerant quantum information processing.
  • Quantum Devices
    Designing and preparing previously unavailable quantum materials including low-loss, tunable, reconfigurable, semiconductor-compatible devices for applications in on-chip circuitry, information processing, data recording/storage, sensing, medical imaging and therapy, energy conversion and quantum information technology.
  • Quantum Photonics
    Investigating nanoscale photonic structures for applications in quantum computation, communication and sensing. Exemplary projects include single photon quantum emitters, non-linear optics and entangled photon generation, control of interaction with metamaterials and vacuum fluctuation effects.
  • Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
    Studying light-matter interaction on the scales ranging from single atoms or molecules to macroscopic quantum systems such as Bose-Einstein condensates. Research projects include ultra-cold atoms and molecules, many-body and coherent effects in atomic ensembles, quantum simulation of condensed matter and high energy physics phenomena.
  • Quantum Chemistry
    Exemplary projects include coherent quantum chemistry, long-range exciton transport in quantum dot superlattices, quantum entanglement in chemical reactions and trying to understand the way in which classic chemical concepts like electronegativity and hardness emerge from basic quantum mechanics.
  • Quantum Informatics
    Exploring applications of quantum information science, quantum computing, and quantum algorithms to solve real-world problems such as optimization, data science, business, finance, and economics.

Quantum Photonics, Machine Learning and Plasmonics/Metamaterials
Professor Vladimir M. Shalaev has openings in his research group for outstanding students and postdocs interested in working at the interface of quantum photonics, machine learning and plasmonics/metamaterials. Contact Prof. Shalaev at

Direct Dark Matter Detection using Sensors with Quantum-Enhanced Readout

A Postdoctoral Position in Quantum Physics
A postdoctoral position is currently available in Prof. Qi Zhou's group ( Candidates with an interest in the general areas of ultracold atoms, condensed matter physics, and quantum information are encouraged to apply. Please contact Prof. Qi Zhou directly at

Postdoctoral Positions in Quantum Matter and Devices Lab
Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions in the group of Professor Yong P. Chen, the Quantum Matter and Devices (QMD) Laboratory affiliated with Purdue Physics, ECE, Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute and Birck Nanotechnology Center. Candidates with strong background in experimental research in one of the following areas/topics are welcome:

  1. Experimental condensed matter/nano physics & quantum devices: especially solid state quantum devices, quatum computing and quantum sensing (e.g., superconducting Josephson junctions, spin qubits, NV centers);
  2. Experimental AMO physics and quantum optics: such as cold atom physics, quantum optics & photonics

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Experimental Photonics: Multiple Post-Doctoral Positions
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Quantum Photonics, Machine Learning, Nanolasers, and Novel Optical Materials
Professor Alexandra Boltasseva is seeking bright students and postdoctoral researchers with expertise in the areas of quantum photonics, machine learning, nanolasers, and novel optical materials. Contact Prof. Boltasseva at

Postdoctoral Fellow: Quantum Science Center
The Quantum Semiconductor Systems Group at Purdue University under the direction of Michael Manfra seeks post-doctoral researchers to explore quantum phenomena in the fractional quantum Hall regime in ultra-high mobility GaAs two-dimensional electron gases. Our group uses Fabry-Perot interferometry and quantum dot spectroscopy to investigate anyonic and non-abelian quasiparticle statistics. We often develop novel AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures for these experiments that are grown in our dedicated molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system. A post-doctoral fellow joining our group will have the opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and topics depending on his/her interests, including MBE growth, or mesoscopic device fabrication and millikelvin electron transport. Our laboratory is fully equipped to support all aspects of these experiments. In addition, the post-doctoral fellow will have ample opportunity to collaborate with a leading experimental group at Univ. Calif. Santa Barbara as we build hybrid structures of graphene and GaAs to probe non-abelian statistics through entropy measurements. This collaborative work is part of the Oakridge National Laboratory led Quantum Science Center, a Department of Energy National Science Center.
Interested candidates should contact Prof. Michael Manfra directly. His email is: