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PhD Studentship: End-to-End Dynamic and Entanglement based Quantum Networking (supported by British Telecommunications PLC)

University of Bristol

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,609 plus an industrial top-up (subject to confirmation)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 29th April 2022
Closes: 31st July 2022

The project:

Quantum communication technologies have substantially progressed over the last decade to allow point-to-point (p2p) quantum secure communication. However, there remains still major technological challenges towards enabling telecom network infrastructure to support dynamic quantum secure networking with quantum channel switching and routing capabilities. Furthermore, entanglement distribution has proved a very useful resource in quantum communication. It has potential to enable applications beyond QKD. It enables simultaneous multipoint quantum nodes interconnection enabling applications beyond QKD such as oblivious transfer, blind quantum computing, distributed quantum computing, clock synchronization and realization of device independent security. However, current entanglement-based quantum networking solutions are limited in scale (small number of nodes), facilitated by a single entangled photon source and delivered through a static or semi-static network that do not allow their dynamic re-configurations. Both dynamic QKD networking and also entanglement-based quantum networking are in their infancy state and require in depth research.

This PhD aims to address these research gaps and specifically looking into design of an end-to-end and dynamic and entanglement quantum secured network over access, metro, and national scale. This PhD will focus on one or multiple topics with Proof of Concepts where applicable within context of an end-to-end and dynamic quantum secure network:

How to apply:

  • All candidates should submit a full CV and covering letter to quantum-data-centre-project@bristol.ac.uk (clearly marked with End-to-End Dynamic and Entanglement based Quantum Networking) by the deadline.
  • Formal applications for PhD are not essential at this stage, but can be submitted via the University of Bristol homepage (clearly marked with End-to-End Dynamic and Entanglement based Quantum Networking): https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/
  • A Selection Panel will be established to review all applications and to conduct interviews of short-listed candidates.
  • Candidates will be invited to give a presentation prior to their formal interview, as part of the final selection process.
  • Application deadline 31 July 2022 or sooner if an appropriate candidate is found. Early application is recommended.

Candidate requirements:

PhD applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of a master’s degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Applicants without a Master qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree. Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of readiness to pursue a research 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.

Basic skills and knowledge required:

  • Background understanding in Telecommunication networks, Quantum Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Security and Cryptography
  • Excellent analytical skills and experimental acumen

Funding:

This is a fully funded 4-year studentship covering:

  • A tax-free stipend per year for living expenses;
  • Tuition fees at UK student rates;
  • Research Training Support Grant – minimum £4,900 over 4 years

Contacts:

For questions about eligibility and the application process please contact SCEEM Postgraduate Research Admissions sceem-pgr-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

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