Postdoctoral Scholar - Castle Shield

Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ
Closing date
Jun 7, 2023

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Organization Type
*Postdoctoral Scholar - Castle Shield*

*Location:* SICCS
*Regular/Temporary:* Regular
*Job ID:* 607088
*Full/Part Time:* Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.


Special Information

This position is subject to the availability of funding. The incumbent is not eligible for Service Professional non-renewal notice, or Classified Staff layoff or recall status.

This is a 6-month position and is renewable based on performance, departmental needs, and funding.

Job Description

This position is in the Cybersecurity Lab in support of a commercial development project with the company Castle Shield. The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing unique Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) protocols that are under development in the Cybersecurity Lab. The fiber-coupled system under development contains a Single Quantum superconducting single photon detector, the necessary equipment to cool the Single Quantum detector to 3K, pulsed lasers, polarization state generators, polarization switches, and wave division multiplexers. The successful candidate will work on developing and optimizing the Quantum Photonic system that is used to transmit and polarize single photons that are used to create symmetric encryption keys.

The successful candidate will also be responsible for researching and implementing alternative methods to enhance system performance.

These QKD protocols will be integrated with electrical hardware developed in the Cybersecurity Lab for generating unique encryptions keys and TRNGs from Physically Unclonable Functions (PUF). These protocols have been successfully implemented on a custom ThorLabs QKD emulation system. The Cybersecurity Lab has already submitted patent disclosures and published papers on this QKD system. The successful candidate will also be expected to publish the results of their work with the approval of our client.

More information about the Cybersecurity Lab is at: [](

Research & Publications - 95%

* Development of custom two-wavelength QKD system utilizing protocols developed in the Cybersecurity Lab.

Other - 5%

* Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

* PhD in Physics, Photonics, Optical Engineering, or closely related field, experience with the implementation of Quantum Photonic Systems.

Preferred Qualifications

* Knowledge and experience in: implementing QKD, quantum photonics experience, knowledge of cybersecurity and key distribution protocols, understanding of basic electronics for integrating Physically Unclonable Functions into the QKD system, knowledge of cryogenic systems.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


* Knowledge of the use of laboratory/field instruments and tools.
* Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject disciplines.


* Organizational and project management skills.
* Leadership, coordination, and/or supervision skills.
* Data collection, processing, and analysis.
* Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


* Highly motivated to perform research in a collaborative environment.
* Establishes and maintains effective working relationships.
* Communicates effectively.
* Possesses strong problem solving, organizational, and analytical capabilities.
* Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an [Annual Security Report]( The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the [Fire Safety Report]( is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Salary range begins at $54,779. Annual salary commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


Post-Doctoral Scholars are hired on a contract basis, renewable each fiscal year for a maximum of 4 renewals (5 years) according to terms of the Arizona Board of Regents' [Conditions of Post-Doctoral Service]( NAU offers an excellent benefit package to Post-Doctoral Scholars including generous health, dental and vision insurance; 10 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Participation in NAU retirement plans is not available to Post-Doctoral Scholars. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU [HR benefits page](

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. [New employee on-boarding training]( includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days.

Application Deadline

June 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the [Human Resources website ]( in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773, [](, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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