Exploration of Quantum Sensing Concepts Fellowship

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
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How to Apply

Create and release your Profile on Zintellect – Postdoctoral applicants must create an account and complete a profile in the on-line application system.  Please note: your resume/CV may not exceed 3 pages.

Complete your application – Enter the rest of the information required for the IC Postdoc Program Research Opportunity. The application itself contains detailed instructions for each one of these components: availability, citizenship, transcripts, dissertation abstract, publication and presentation plan, and information about your Research Advisor co-applicant.

Additional information about the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program is available on the program website located at: https://orise.orau.gov/icpostdoc/index.html.

If you have questions, send an email to ICPostdoc@orau.org.  Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email. 

Application Deadline
2/28/2024 6:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

How can quantum sensing technologies be developed and leveraged by the NIC to improve operational capabilities in the realms of situational awareness, threat detection, and decision-making, amongst others?

This research topic investigates the development and integration of quantum sensing technologies into national security applications. This topic explores paths to a range of quantum sensor prototypes, commencing with conceptual models, that can potentially meet Australia’s national security needs. The operational range may be taken to be between 1 meter and 200 meters. This research may have applications across domains including intelligence collection, operations, surveillance, and counterintelligence.

Example Approaches: 

A literature Review followed by conceptual or experimental quantum sensor development, secure communication and data processing protocols/development, testing and evaluation, cybersecurity and resilience safeguarding.

Relevance to the Intelligence Community: 

Quantum sensing technologies may offer significant improvements in sensitivity and accuracy over classical sensors, potentially enabling improved situational awareness, threat detection, object-tracking, navigation and mapping, technical surveillance and detection, and leading to more informed decision-making – all of which will support the NIC to mitigate against criminal, terrorist and state-actor threats.


  •  B. Kantsepolsky, I. Aviv, R. Weitzfeld and E. Bordo, (2023) ‘Exploring Quantum Sensing Potential for Systems Applications,’ IEEE Access, vol. 11, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2023.3262506.
  • Jean-François Bobier, Matt Langione, Cassia Naudet-Baulieu, Thilo Tamme, and Antoine Gourévitch, (2023) ‘Making Sense of Quantum Sensing’, Quantum Computing, https://www.bcg.com/publications/2023/making-sense-of-quantum-sensing
  • Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science Committee on Science of the National Science & Technology Council, (2022) 'Bringing Quantum Sensors to Fruition', National Quantum Initiative US. Government, https://www.quantum.gov/wpcontent/uploads/2022/03/BringingQuantumSensorstoFruition.pdf.

Key Words: quantum, superposition, entanglement, plasmonics, qubit.


Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the appointment start date
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
  • Academic Level(s): Postdoctoral.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (47 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (10 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (2 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (30 )

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