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NUAcT PhD studentship in Quantum Thermodynamics and Quantum Control

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,609 p.a. plus fees
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 26th November 2021
Closes: 31st January 2022

Award Summary

A tax-free stipend of £15,609 per year (subject to minor change) and 100% of Home/International tuition fees

Overview

The smaller devices developed by the advancements in nanofabrication, thermal and quantum properties become important and must be fully taken into consideration. Today, the prototype of such quantum thermodynamics devices is being implemented in different experimental setups. However, how fast the thermodynamic processes occur has practical importance on the performance of the devices.

This PhD studentship will theoretically design many-body quantum thermal devices operating in a finite-time. This will involve employing tools from condensed matter theory, nonequilibrium statistical physics, quantum information and quantum measurement to understand and enhance the machines performance. Moreover, the experimental realization will be addressed in close collaboration with European/UK experimental groups.

This award provides annual funding to cover Home/International tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. It further provides versatile opportunities for learning and personal development and for visiting/working with international collaborators on quantum technologies.

Newcastle University is consistently ranked as one of the Top 150 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020). The university is centrally located in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which is ranked No.1 for affordability (QS Best Student Cities 2019), No.4 for social life (THE Student Experience Survey 2018) and in the Top 3 for both safety and friendliness (Unbroken Britain Survey 2018) in the UK. The School is committed to promoting diversity, and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.

Number Of Awards: 1

Start Date: September 2022

Award Duration: 3.5 years

Application Closing Date: 31 January 2022

Sponsor: Newcastle University Academic Track (NUAcT Fellowship)

Supervisors

Dr Obinna Abah, School of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics

Eligibility Criteria

You must have or expect a First Class or high 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in physics, engineering, materials science, or closely related disciplines. Enthusiasm for research, ability to think and work independently, excellent analytical skills and strong verbal and written communication skills are essential requirements.

If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

The award is available to home and international applicants.

How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.

You will need to:

  • Insert the programme code 8821F in the programme of study section
  • Select ‘PhD Physics (full time) - theoretical’ as the programme of study
  • Insert the studentship code MSP043 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code MSP043 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications

Contact Details

Dr Obinna Abah, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Email: obinna.abah@newcastle.ac.uk

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