PhD Studentship: Controlling Spins in Diamond and Silicon Carbide Devices

Heriot-Watt University - Institute for Photonics and Quantum Sciences

This project is an exciting opportunity for a motivated student to join the Quantum Photonics Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. The Quantum Photonics Laboratory, jointly led by Dr Cristian Bonato and Prof Brian Gerardot, conducts cutting-edge research towards quantum technologies based on single photons and single spins, at the interface between quantum optics and condensed matter physics. Our work focuses on different material platforms, from III-V quantum dots, to atomic monolayers ‘beyond graphene’, to diamond and silicon carbide. The Lab hosts world-class facilities, including cryostats, tunable lasers, single photon detectors and radio-frequency equipment for spin manipulation. Additionally, we have access to a newly refurbished nano-fabrication facility. More information about our research can be found on

This project will investigate spins associated to defects in diamond and silicon carbide, with particular emphasis to the integration of quantum spintronic properties in opto-electronic devices. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with leading groups in the UK and Europe. During this PhD, he/she will receive a solid training in optics, radio-frequency engineering, semiconductor physics, cryogenics, data analysis and programming, which will be beneficial for careers in academia and high-tech industry. During this PhD, the candidate is expected to disseminate the research outcomes at national/international conferences and publish in high quality peer reviewed journals.

PhD candidate specification:

We are looking for creative and motivated applicants with, or expected to obtain soon, a 1st Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline, such as Physics, Material Science or Electrical Engineering. Basic programming skills are required. Previous experience on optics and spin physics, for example on ESR/NMR or nitrogen-vacancy centres in diamond, is appreciated but not a requirement.

If you are interested in the position, please contact Dr Cristian Bonato as soon as possible (Email:

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