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PhD Studentship in Hybrid Quantum Communication and Sensing Networks

University of Sussex

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Falmer
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £16,062 per year (tax-free, October 2022/23)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 25th May 2022
Closes: 31st July 2022

Type of award  Postgraduate Research

PhD project  This fully funded studentship is available through the SEPnet SME-Doctoral Training Network.

Background

This theory PhD project will extend promising developments on the use of quantum networks of sensors to investigate the potential for new applications in secure remote sensing as well as develop general principles for understanding the power and capability of quantum networks. A disruptive application of this technology is to make incredibly precise measurements at remote platforms that cannot house all the infrastructure needed for quantum measurements and communications. At Sussex we have demonstrated the viability of such an application and shown it is remarkably secure to the known vulnerabilities of other communication schemes. This project will investigate how this idea could be extended to multiple parties. 

Sussex has pioneered research into quantum sensors and their network capabilities [1,2]. This PhD project is an exciting opportunity to be part of the next stage of developments. The successful applicant will be part of the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/scqt/) and will work with team members at DSTL. They will benefit from being part of the SME-DTN cohort and will receive both academic and transferable skills training at Sussex and through our membership of the South East Physics Network (http://www.sepnet.ac.uk).   

[1] T.J Proctor, P.A Knott, J.A. Dunningham, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 080501 (2018)

[2] Jesús Rubio and Jacob Dunningham, PRA 101, 032114 (2020) 

Amount

  • Fully-paid tuition fees for three and a half years.
  • A tax-free bursary for living costs for three and a half years. From October 2022/23 this is expected to be £16,062 per year
  • A support grant for three and a half years of £1,650 per year for travel and conferences.
  • Only UK Higher Education “Home Fee” status applicants are eligible.

Eligibility

Applicants must hold, or expect to hold, at least a UK upper second class degree (or non-UK equivalent qualification) in Physics, or a closely-related area, or else a lower second class degree followed by a relevant Master's degree.

  • First rate analytical and numerical skills, with a well-rounded academic background.
  • A driven, professional and self-dependent work attitude is essential.
  • The ability to produce high quality presentations and written reports. 

Only UK Higher Education “Home Fee” status applicants and EU residents satisfying the three-year residency requirement are eligible. The funding is for three and a half  years and covers tax-free stipend at UKRI rates, UK fees and some research and travel costs.

Deadline 

31 July 2022

How to apply

Apply through the University of Sussex on-line system. 

https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/apply/log-into-account

Select the PhD in Physics/Mathematics, with an entry date of September 2022.

In the Finance & Fees section, state that you wish to be considered for studentship no SEPnet/SME/2022

We advise early application as the position will be filled as soon as a suitable applicant can be found.

Due to the high volume of applications received, you may only hear from us if your application is successful.

Contact us

If you have practical questions about the progress of your on-line application or your eligibility, contact Emma Ransley at mps-pgrsupport@sussex.ac.uk

For academic questions about the project, contact Prof. Jacob Dunningham at j.dunningham@sussex.ac.uk.

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