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RAP opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory     NRL

Advanced RF-Acoustic Devices for Multi-Domain Applications


Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Electronics Science & Technology Division

opportunity location
64.15.25.C0896 Washington, DC 203755321


name email phone
Vikrant J Gokhale 734.945.5732


Our group develops novel radio-frequency microelectromechanical (RF-MEMS) acoustic resonators using a variety of high quality piezoelectric, semiconducting, multiferroic, wide bandgap, and superconducting materials that are grown in-house. We use these devices for fundamental and applied research on a variety of topics including materials discovery and characterization, conventional RF-acoustic signal processing, sensing, and quantum acoustodynamics. Our group and the Laboratory possess extensive computational resources as well as facilities and equipment for materials growth, device fabrication, and characterization.


We invite innovative proposals involving multi-physics phenomena in advanced RF acoustic resonators (e.g.: phonon-photon, phonon-magnon, or phonon-electron coupling). We are especially interested in understanding and utilizing the physics of RF-MEMS resonators under regimes that enable coupling between quantum states (spin or superconducting qubits), and acoustic phonons. A selection of our group's recent work is given below, but proposals need not be restricted to these topics/projects.


[1]    V. J. Gokhale et al., Nat Commun, vol. 11, no. 1, (2020), p. 2314.

[2]    V. J. Gokhale et al., IEEE Electr Device Lett, vol. 44, no. 4, (2023), pp. 674-677. [Cover Page, April 2023]

[3]    V. J. Gokhale et al., IEEE Trans on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, vol. 70, no. 8, (2023), pp. 876-884.


key words
Acoustic resonators, phononic resonators, quantum acoustics, piezoelectric thin films, ScAlN, epitaxy, qubits, phonon-magnon coupling, phonon-electron coupling, radio-frequency acoustics


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$94,199.00 $3,000.00
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