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PhD Studentship: RF and Photonic Engineering for Scaling Spin-based Quantum Information Platforms

University of Bristol - Electrical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,609
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 4th June 2021
Closes: 4th September 2021

The project:

Solid state emitters are a critical component of future integrated quantum systems, in particular, for realizing efficient single photon sources and quantum memories. On the other hand, it is unclear how these bottom-up solid state systems can be scaled and interfaced from the O(1) emitter in a cavity that is routinely achieved in laboratories worldwide to say O(10) spectrally identical solid-state emitters in cavities interconnected by waveguides on a chip. In this project, we will address this issue of scaling bottom-up quantum systems by demonstrating a quantum optoelectronics platform in nitrogen vacancy centres in nanodiamonds.

On the RF engineering front, the candidate will design and characterize RF ASICs fabricated through Europractice for cryogenic spin control and manipulation, with an emphasis on low power and low crosstalk. In addition, the candidate will also get to work on techniques to interface these RF ASICs with photonic foundry chips in a flip-chip process that can successfully operate at low temperatures. During their PhD work, the candidate will pick up a diverse set of skills ranging from finite element simulation (using COMSOL and Lumerical FDTD), high frequency RF design and characterization, cryogenic device testing and nanofabrication methods for flip chip integration.

How to apply:

Prior to submitting your application, please contact the academic listed to discuss your research proposal and see if it aligns with their current research. No indication of an offer can be made until we receive your completed application.

To apply for this studentship, submit a PhD application using our online application system []

Please ensure that in the Funding section you tick “I would like to be considered for a funding award from the Electrical Engineering Department” and specify the title of the scholarship in the “other” box below along with the name of the supervisor.

Candidate requirements: 

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of a Masters degree (or international equivalent) in electrical engineering or physics. Applicants without a Masters qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree.

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:

Profile E

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.


A minimum tax-free stipend of £15,609 for 3.5 years plus tuition fees at the UK student rate.

For EPSRC funding, students must meet the EPSRC residency requirements.


For questions about the research topic please contact Prof Krishna Balram at

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