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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Superconductive Electronics for Quantum Computing, Neuromorphic Computing, and RF Communications Metrology


Communications Technology Laboratory, Radio Frequency Technology Division

opportunity location
50.67.22.C0717 Boulder, CO

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Peter F. Hopkins 303 497-4696


The Superconductive Electronics (SCE) Group is developing single-flux-quantum electronic circuits for applications in quantum information science, neuromorphic computing, wireless communications. More specifically, we are developing quantum-based circuits for the following applications: qubit control and readout for superconductor-based quantum computing [1]; neuromorphic synaptic training [2] for artificial intelligence and machine learning; and waveform synthesizers [3] for RF and wireless communications metrology. We have also fabricated and tested some of the highest-speed (> 300 GHz) SCE digital circuits in the world for potential applications in energy-efficient, high performance computing. Our vibrant laboratory has world-class facilities and expertise in circuit design and simulation, nanofabrication (qubits, resonators, synthesizers, digital logic), and cryogenic (0.01 K – 10 K) high-speed testing.

[1] L. Howe et al., “Digital Control of a Superconducting Qubit Using a Josephson Pulse Generator at 3 K,“ PRX Quantum 3, 010350, 25 March 2022.

[2] M. L. Schneider et al., "Ultralow power artificial synapses using nanotextured magnetic Josephson junctions," Sci. Adv., vol. 4, no. 1, p. e1701329, Jan. 2018.

[3] P. F. Hopkins et al., "RF Waveform Synthesizers with Quantum-Based Voltage Accuracy for Communications Metrology," IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond., Vol. 29, No. 5, Aug 2019.

key words
superconductivity; superconductor electronics; Josephson junctions; quantum computing; quantum circuits; cavity QED; rapid single flux quantum electronics; RSFQ; arbitrary waveform synthesis; microwave technology; wireless communications; AI; artificial intelligence; neuromorphic computing.


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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