Fully Funded PhD Studentship: Quantum Information Science

Swansea University - Physics

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD position at the Department of Physics in the College of Science at Swansea University (Wales) to develop research in the field of theoretical quantum information. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Markus Müller (http://www.markus-mueller.website).

Project Supervisors: 
Supervisor 1: Dr Markus Müller 
Supervisor 2: Prof Gert Aarts 

Project description: 
We seek a highly motivated PhD student to join our recently established theory group and work on:

  • Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing,
  • Topological Quantum Error Correction, and
  • Protocols for Implementation of Quantum Information Processing in State-of-the-Art Quantum-Optical and Solid-State Systems. 

Quantum information science is a vibrant research field, which at a fundamental level aims at understanding the relationship between quantum physics and information. From a more practical viewpoint, research in this field intends to harness quantum effects for new ways of processing information, e.g. for the development of quantum computers. This PhD project is part of an international research collaboration, which in a combined effort of theoretical and experimental research aims at storing, protecting and processing fragile quantum information in so-called logical qubits, which outperform their constituting physical qubits. This is a key achievement to be reached in quantum error correction (QEC), on the route towards the realisation of large-scale fault-tolerant quantum computers. 

The theory research of this project will focus on, but is not limited to, the theoretical development of realistic schemes for fault-tolerant quantum information processing in state-of-the-art AMO and solid-state systems, in particular scalable trapped-ion architectures. One aim will be the development of such protocols, based on most modern approaches to QEC, and numerical and analytical studies of their performance under realistic noise sources. On the other hand, this will be accompanied by work on realistic schemes for quantum error correction in medium-scale experimental systems that are developed and explored by experimental colleagues collaborating with our group. 

Further information on the research activities, interests and members of our group can be found at www.markus­mueller.website. The envisioned starting date for this studentship is 1st of January 2018. 


Academic requirements:
Successful candidates are expected to bring a high enthusiasm for the above research topics, hold a master's degree in Physics (EU/UK) or a related field. Please visit our website for further information.

Residency criteria:
Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

Additional Funding Information
The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus an annual stipend of £14,553.

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