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Photon Science Institute - Centre for Quantum Science and Engineering PhD Studentships

The University of Manchester

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th October 2021
Closes: 5th January 2022

Applications are invited for at least two funded 3.5-year PhD studentships open to home and international applicants to be held at the Photon Science Institute at the University of Manchester.

These studentships are part of the newly announced Centre for Quantum Science and Engineering, which brings together interdisciplinary and world-leading activity across the Quantum 2.0 theme. Quantum 2.0 describes the use of quantum phenomenon in applications including imaging, timing, computation and sensing enabling revolutionary capabilities.

This includes activity spanning the Faculty of Science and Engineering, as well as the National Graphene Institute and Photon Science Institute.

Applications are invited across any Quantum 2.0 theme where Manchester has active research, including (but not limited to):

  • Quantum materials, including topological materials and atomic defects in semiconductors
  • High-throughput measurement of quantum photonic properties
  • Atom-based quantum information measurements
  • Theory of open-quantum systems
  • Spintronics with 2D materials

Projects may span one or more academic areas within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and will be hosted in the department of Physics, Chemistry, Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Material Science depending on the primary academic supervisor.


Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a degree in Physics, Chemistry, Photonics, Material Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering or a closely related subject. There is a requirement for a minimum of a 2:1 degree or equivalent for application without a Master’s degree, and English language qualifications may be required. Applicants are encouraged to contact academics within the Photon Science Institute, whose research spans Quantum 2.0, and informal queries can be directed to Studentships can commence at any point and will be offered on a rolling basis until filled.


To be considered for a studentship, applications consisting of an up-to-date academic CV (resume), degree transcripts to date, two letters of reference, and a covering letter stating your suitability for this scholarship should be sent to by Friday 7th January 2022.

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