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PhD Studentship: Quantum Network for Distributed Quantum Computing

University of Bristol

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £16,062
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 29th April 2022
Closes: 1st August 2022

The project:

This studentship will be related to the UK Quantum Technologies Hub for Quantum Communications Technologies whose key technical objective is the development of quantum communications technologies at all distance scales, pursuing integration between these technologies and with conventional communications infrastructure. The Communications Hub is part of a larger UK National Quantum Technology Programme (UKQNTP) and Bristol is a key academic partner.

With demonstrations from the likes of IBM Q, Google’s Bristlecone, Rigetti’s Aspen and PsiQuanum, quantum computing is witnessing its first generation of quantum processors composed of tens of qubits. While this is a great achievement towards practical quantum computing, when it comes to scalability, we face two major limitations: (i) how to increase the number of qubits in such mono-lithic machines; (ii) how to share quantum computing resources efficiently and flexibly.

One solution is to use several few qubit quantum processors in a networked fashion. This distributed quantum processing resembles the structure of classical Data Centres (DCs). Current quantum computers are noisy. However, as their performance improves, and they are manufactured in number, how best to connect them together and ultimately create a quantum data centre becomes highly relevant.

This PhD aims to develop a quantum network for a scalable quantum computing interconnect in form of a Quantum Data Centre (QDC) able to provide service to multiple applications at the same time.

This PhD is expected to be a combination of theoretical, simulation and experimental proof of concept research activities utilising extensive experimental quantum networking facility at Bristol University.

URL for further information: Quantum Communications Hub (quantumcommshub.net)

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 1 August 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 3.5-year studentship covering:

  • A tax-free stipend per year for living expenses;
  • Tuition fees at UK student rates;
  • Annual allowance of £1,500 for travel and consumables for the first 3 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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