PhD studentship: Developing a portable quantum sensor

University of Sussex - Department of Physics & Astronomy

A 3.5 year PhD position is available in in the Ion Quantum Technology Group in the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex. The position is part of the UK National Quantum Technologies programme. The position consists of current UK/EU fees and a yearly stipend of £14,296 which can be supplemented by tutoring. The position also includes an annual travel allowance. You should have a physics,electrical engineering or related degree.

Quantum sensing with trapped ions is a powerful new technology that may have step changing impact for numerous applications such as breast cancer detection, minerals and oil exploration and national security. As part of this project you will develop a portable quantum sensor. After constructing a laboratory demonstrator device, you will then participate developing a portable sensor capable of airborne and field application in close collaboration with industry partners. You will work with industry towards making a commercial device capable of being operated in a variety of environments. This device will also have applications as ultrastable portable atomic clock and the technology you develop may contain critical elements for the realization of practical quantum computers. The work will be carried out as part of the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology.

The Ion Quantum Technology Group is one of the world’s leading centres for the implementation of trapped-ion quantum computing and simulation. The group is part of the UK Quantum Technology Hub on Networked Quantum Technologies and the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology. The group currently spans 4 Postdoctoral Fellows, 2 electronics engineers, 14 PhD students and 6 undergraduate students.

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You can find out more about the group at:

Some recent media coverage about the group’s work can be found here:

Profile interview with Prof Winfried Hensinger
BBC Radio 4 Today
International Business Times
New Scientist

For more information, please email the head of group, Prof Winfried Hensinger (Professor of Quantum Technologies):

To apply please email a CV, and your degree results as soon as possible or the latest by 15/5/18 to the email address above. Note: in order to qualify for this position you must have resided in the UK for three years prior to the start of the position. If you are from outside the UK, you may apply for a non-funded position in the group, however, you will need to have a funding source for tuition fees and living expenses.

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