Join us!

We recruit motivated experimental scientists at all levels who want to work at the frontiers of quantum science and technology.

We offer a stimulating intellectual environment, membership of a top-rated and international research department, and training at the forefront of quantum electronics. Exceptional facilities available to the group include:

  • Unique cryogenic equipment in the Low-temperature Physics lab. Very few groups have access to temperatures below 1 mK, but we are one of them.
  • State-of-the art lab space. The recently commissioned IsoLab is one of the most advanced environments for studying quantum effects in controlled conditions.
  • An advanced nanofabrication facility operating in class 100 and 1000 cleanrooms.

The historic city of Lancaster is close to spectacular coastlines, the rugged Forest of Bowland, and the famous Lake District. It has excellent road and rail links and an affordable quality of life.

Prospective postdocs should contact Dr Laird to discuss upcoming openings. It may also be possible to support independent fellowship applications.

Prospective graduate students should apply through the university’s admissions website, but are encouraged to first discuss their plans with Dr Laird. It is also useful to notify him by email when you submit, so that he can watch out for your application. Some opportunities are advertised on the PhD projects page.

Prospective undergraduate interns (from Lancaster or elsewhere) should email Dr Laird with a short CV. Previous interns have synthesized carbon nanotubes, built electronic circuits, and fabricated devices in the cleanroom. Future projects may resemble those listed under MPhys projects page.

Prospective MPhys project students already Lancaster should consult the department’s list of advertised projects but are also welcome to discuss their interests. Recently advertised projects are on the MPhys projects page.


Home-built ten-channel voltage source for tuning a cryogenic measurement circuit. This instrument was built by our summer intern, Kelvin Lui.