Vacancies & Studentships
Application deadline: Various deadlines - please check the individual deadline for the institution you want to apply.
These EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) studentships provide funding for a 3-year PhD. Applications are open for all 16 right now and you will need to apply via the host university. Deadlines vary between each university.
Here is the full list of studentships, including a link to the relevant application website and the email address of the lead supervisor, whom you can contact for further information:
Hybrid Quantum-Classical DMFT simulations, Dieter Jaksch (University of Oxford)
Defect engineering in diamond for magnetic field mapping and gradiometry, Jason Smith & Martin Booth (University of Oxford)
Multi-zone ion trap for Q20:20 node, David Lucas (University of Oxford)
Architectures for near-future quantum machine learning and optimisation, Simon Benjamin (University of Oxford)
Quantum computing with photonic networks, Almut Beige (University of Leeds), with Axel Kuhn (University of Oxford) and Elham Kashefi (University of Edinburgh)
Building a node in a diamond quantum computer, Gavin Morley, Mark Newton and Animesh Datta (University of Warwick)
Coherent Absorption Ladder Quantum Memory, Josh Nunn (University of Bath)
Quantum networking of trapped-ion qubits, David Lucas and Andrew Steane (University of Oxford)
Advanced fibre-integrated single photon sources: frequency conversion meets multiplexing, Peter Mosley (University of Bath)
Developing an ion trap quantum co-processor, Winni Hensinger (University of Sussex)
Ultra-low loss optical switches for Ion trap entanglement, James Gates, Corin Gawith and Paul Gow (University of Southampton)
Diamond membrane devices for efficient coupling to vacancy centres, Michael Strain (University of Strathclyde)
Efficient quantum device tuning using machine learning, Edward Laird, Natalia Ares, Andrew Briggs, and Simon Benjamin (University of Oxford)
Demonstrating Quantum Speed up on the NQIT machine, Elham Kashefi (University of Edinburgh)
Microwave to optical conversion, Lapo Bogani, Edward Laird, Andrew Briggs, Martin Kiffner and Dieter Jaksch (University of Oxford)
Efficient Chip-Integrated Photon Counting Detectors, Ian Walmsley and Steven Kolthammer (University of Oxford)
Quantum Networking with Atomic Ions, Dr Matthias Keller (University of Sussex)
The project unites two distinct areas of quantum information processing, single ions stored in radio-frequency traps, and single photons in optical fibres. In both fields, there have been spectacular advances recently. Strings of ions are presently the most successful implementation of quantum computing, with elementary quantum algorithms and quantum simulations realized. Photons are used to distribute entanglement over ever increasing distances. The principal challenge in the field is to enhance quantum processing power by scaling up current devices to larger quantum systems. We are pursuing one of the most promising strategies, distributed quantum computation, in which multiple small-scale ion processors are interlinked by exchanging photonic quantum bits via optical fibres. It requires a coherent quantum interface between ions and photons, mapping ionic to photonic quantum states and vice versa. To maximise fidelity and success rate of the scheme, the interaction of ions and photons must take place in a microscopic optical cavity with high finesse, a technology in which the ITCM-group in Sussex has a leading international role. To achieve ultra-small trap and cavity volumes, we use the fibre ends as cavity mirrors and tightly integrate them into the ion trap structure.
The project is within the Quantum Technology Hub for Networked Quantum Information Technologies and in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory.
The first year of the project is located at the NPL in London to set up and test a novel ion trap design which is based on micro-fabricated structures. In years two and three, the ion tap structure will be combined with laser machined fibre cavities and the ion-cavity coupling will be employed to demonstrate a high fidelity ion-photon entanglement at the University of Sussex. The project provides hands-on training from the construction of state-of-the-art ion trap quantum computing systems through to the implementation of quantum state transfers and entanglement generation.
The Department of Physics proposes to appoint two Associate Professors (equivalent to Lecturer) or Professors in Quantum Information with effect from 1 October 2017 or as soon thereafter as possible. One successful candidate will also be offered a Tutorial Fellowship at Keble College, and one successful candidate will also be offered a Tutorial Fellowship at Worcester College, under arrangements described in the further particulars. The combined University and College salary will be according to experience on a scale from £45,562 p.a. plus additional benefits. For Keble College: housing allowance of £8,970 p.a., access to a shared equity scheme, and a discount on the college nursery for children up to 5 years old, subject to availability. For Worcester College: a housing allowance of £8,342 p.a. or accommodation in college (if available). An allowance of £2,626 p.a. would be payable upon award of Full Professor title.
The Associate Professor(s) will join a vigorous scientific community centred around the NQIT quantum hub on Networked Quantum Information Technologies, a part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme. This interdisciplinary research programme spans several university departments and provides ample opportunity to engage with industry and commercialise quantum enhanced technologies. These posts have been created to seize those opportunities and lead the Second Quantum Revolution developing both quantum technologies and underlying quantum science. The postholders will be expected to work closely with colleagues across the Physics Department, and working in the NQIT quantum hub and the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.
The successful candidate(s) will hold a doctorate in experimental quantum science or technology, or a related subject, and will have a proven record of high quality creative research in quantum technologies at an international level. They will be expected to develop a world-leading research programme, to teach at undergraduate and graduate level, and participate in the administration of Worcester College or of Keble College, as appropriate, and the Physics Department.
Further particulars, containing details of the application procedure and of the duties, may be obtained below or from Professor Dieter Jaksch (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01865 272099).
Please quote departmental reference PMC/QI/2017/1 on all correspondence. Applicants should ensure that their referees send letters by the same deadline.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 20 March 2017. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held during June 2017.
Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.
Apply online on the Oxford University Recruitment website.
We are seeking a full-time systems engineer to join the NQIT hub (www.nqit.ox.ac.uk). The post is based in the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford and is funded by the EPSRC. It is fixed-term until 30 November 2019.
You will have responsibility for the detailed design and integration strategy for the prototype quantum information processing nodes for the Q20:20 engine as part of the NQIT project. This project is working towards building a quantum computer demonstrator (Q20:20 engine) which will be one of the biggest scientific and engineering achievements this century. This is an exceptional opportunity to make a key contribution to the early stage development of a technology that will radically change computing and information processing. You will be responsible for developing designs for optical/mechanical/electronic systems, working from specifications and laboratory demonstrations, developing the overall CAD models of the system, and working with team members to ensure the nodes are successfully delivered.
You should hold a first degree in engineering, physics or a related subject. You should possess excellent engineering skills, with the ability to focus on both the detail of systems integration and the system level goals. CAD design skills, with demonstrated ability to translate drawings and concepts into working hardware are required, as well as the ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues and partners with a wide range of backgrounds. Experience with quantum systems is not required.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Dominic O’Brien (email@example.com).
Further information can be found at:
You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of projects you have been involved with and your contribution to them, CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.
Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 20 March 2017 can be considered.
The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.
Contact: Professor Dominic O’Brien