Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), this posting seeks a postgraduate collaborator to engage in projects with the Research Innovation Center (RIC) at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, under the mentorship of Yuhua Duan.
Quantum Information Science (QIS) is an emerging field that has the potential to cause revolutionary advances in many areas of science and engineering, and nations around the world are vying for dominance in the field, which is also one of the most urgent tasks DOE faces to make sure the U.S. wins the quantum race. In 2019, NETL developed strategies to establish and maintain QIS competency and to explore QIS applications in fossil energy. With a seed project, in 2020, under Sensors & Controls, NETL developed a new task on quantum sensing for energy applications. The objective of this task is to use quantum sensing materials, quantum optics, quantum computing, and quantum sensing methodologies for realizing unprecedented performance in advanced sensing instrumentation for high priority fossil energy applications (such as identifying high value rare-earth elements (REEs) in coal and coal by-products, cybersecurity of energy infrastructure, hybrid quantum-classical optical fiber network, etc.), with at least an order of magnitude improvement as compared to classical counterparts within acceptable costs. In order to speed up NETL quantum sensing capability development, a collaborator is needed to fulfill learning objectives/goals.
The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The appointment is full-time at NETL in Pittsburgh, PA. This is an educational opportunity offered by NETL and administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Participants in the program are not considered employees of NETL, DOE, ORISE, or any other office or agency.
The learning objectives for this educational opportunity will be to expand upon the state-of-the-art concepts of developing NETL quantum sensing technology for energy applications. The selected participant will contribute targeted information to the NETL quantum sensing team to enhance the quantum sensing capability in response to the Sensors & Controls program’s goal of realizing unprecedented performance in advanced sensing instrumentation for high priority fossil energy applications. The participant will have opportunities to give presentations at scientific conferences, conduct literature review & discussion with team members, participate in NETL biweekly project progress team meetings, present updates, and to provide information and suggestions to the team members, and help develop near-term goals of this task based on progress made by team members.
To be eligible, you must have received a doctoral degree within the last five years or a Master’s degree within the last three years.
The ideal candidate will have some, but not necessarily all, of the following skills:
- Background in Physics, Chemistry, and Materials Science
- Strong research experience in quantum sensing development targeting energy applications
- Strong research experience in Nitrogen Vacancy Center applied to quantum sensing
- Strong background on quantum networking for sensing application
- Strong experience on quantum computing, modeling with COMSOL package
- Strong background on electromagnetic coupling of light with materials
- Demonstrated understanding of quantum materials and their theoretical and experimental aspects
- Expertise and demonstrated knowledge on surface plasmons (SPs) and surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) in noble materials for
- device applications