Graphene, 2D materials and hetero-structure synthesis for quantum technology applications

Postdoctoral and PhD positions are available immediately jointly supervised between Professor Steve MacLean and Professor Raymond Laflamme. The 2D material sciences project is in an industrial research context hosted by Infinite Potential Labs (IPL) (a Quantum Valley Investment (QVI) affiliates). The training program is part of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Waterloo.

IPL is currently developing an experimental workstation that will investigate, for instance, the nature of Dirac fermions in momentum space in several exotic hetero‑structures and devices. In this project, IPL is interested in targeted exotic properties of materials and hetero structures based on graphene, boron nitride and other 2D materials.

In particular, the project requires the highest quality materials tailored to test new ideas and develop applications. This research aims to provide IPL with large area 2D materials having outstanding properties to be integrated in our quantum research. This proposal builds upon our expertise and our recent findings in the synthesis, assembly and engineering of low-dimensional structures.

The group seeks in particular top applicants with a background in nano-material growth/processing (nano)metrology and device fabrication and characterization. Although funds are available to support these positions, we encourage applicants to apply for their own funding. Applicants should hold a degree in physics, engineering physics, chemical physics, chemistry, electrical engineering or related academic training. Preference will be given to candidates with prior research experience in graphene and 2D material growth and devices fabrication. Multidisciplinary skills in instrumentation, surface sciences and surface chemistry and functionalization is an asset.

IQC is a collaborative research institute focused on realizing quantum technologies including sensors, actuators, quantum communication, and information processors. At present, IQC has a complement of 29 faculty members (growing to 39) from the Faculties of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. IQC’s research program has theoretical and experimental components that pursue projects for advances in quantum information.

The University of Waterloo respects appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Direct your questions and applications including a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and reference contact information to:

Pierre Lévesque, Research Director, IPL (,
Steve MacLean, Professor, IQC ( or

Raymond Laflamme, IQC (