The Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton is looking for a candidate with an interest in quantum technology and a strong background in theory and computational simulation in classical and/or quantum optics to join us on this interdisciplinary project as part of the Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) programme.
One of the leading contenders for quantum information technology is based on cold trapped ions interacting via single photons. However, in current state-of-the-art experiments the coupling between ions and photons is still very inefficient and is mainly achieved through conventional lenses and mirrors.
The main goal of this project is to investigate how this optical access can be provided by optical waveguides integrated on the same chip that holds the ion trap. We will investigate different types of waveguides and ion-photon coupling via gratings, tapers, Fresnel lenses and other mode converters. Integration of Bragg reflectors and dielectric coatings to form resonators will be considered. Light polarisation must be considered carefully and coupling coefficients to specific ion transitions and collection efficiencies of emitted photons will be simulated and optimised to support the development of fully integrated chips for future quantum applications.
We offer an enhanced stipend of £18k per year for UK students.
For more information please contact the supervisor, Dr Peter Horak firstname.lastname@example.org. For application details please go to https://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/how-to-apply
University of Warwick is looking for a post-graduate student to join the quantum information science group of Animesh Datta. The goals of this theoretical project are to produce the design principles for quantum sensors that can tackle some of the most fundamental open problems in physics. Instances include the direct detection of dark matter, testing the validity of quantum mechanics in macroscopic systems, searching for time variation of fundamental constants, and the direct detection of gravitational waves from exotic sources. The principle underlying all of these questsis the precise sensing of physical observables such as exquisitely small forces, phases, displacements and temperature.
The student must be interested in a close interplay of quantum metrology, quantum information science, quantum optics, and quantum mechanics.
The laws of quantum mechanics set the fundamental limit of precision sensing. Quantum metrology is the study and application of these fundamental limits. Quantum metrology, using ideas from quantum information science, is ushering in a new era of precision sensing. This spans the sensing of time, position, force, magnetic and electric fields, temperature and many other physical parameters with unprecedented precision.
This PhD project shall leverage the concepts and development underlying these recent advances such as multi-parameter  and multi-mode  quantum metrology to invent new routes for attacking open problems in fundamental physics. It will apply quantum metrology to physical systems such as atomic, optical, and opto-mechanical interferometers, and their performance in the real world. Each one of these systems possesses features that make them ideal for specific open problems. For instance, opto-mechanical systems with massive objects in quantum superpositions are ideal for testing the validity of quantum mechanics in macroscopic systems.
An aim of the project is to advance recent results from Warwick  towards experimental systems that can be realized in the coming years. The outcomes of this project will also have applications in designing the next generation of quantum-enhanced imaging, magnetometry, and time keeping.
A close interaction between theory and experimental systems will place the student in a uniquely beneficial position for a future in fundamental physics and the quantum technologies market. The interaction with premier scientific missions will provide the student a privileged perspective on quantum sensing and metrology in a complementary setting, unavailable to any other in the UK or elsewhere.
1. Magdalena Szczykulska, illmann Baumgratz, Animesh Datta, Multi-parameter quantum metrology, arXiv:1604.02615
2. Dominic Branford, Haixing Miao, Animesh Datta, Fundamental Quantum Limits of Multicarrier Optomechanical Sensors, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 110505 (2018)
3. Dominic Branford, Christos Gagatsos, Animesh Datta, Quantum enhanced estimation of diffusion, In preparation.
How to apply
Starting on October 2019, we are seeking a PhD student on the project Quantum sensors for fundamental physics.
For UK or EU (with a UK undergraduate degree) students with a First class, funding is available. Apply here.
For Informal enquiries, please include a CV, and explanation of your excellence and suitability for the project.
The Research Group, Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics, in the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, specialises in the development and manufacturing of novel optoelectronic devices for applications in quantum technology, integrated optical sensors and laser optics.
Ultra-precision machining for ion trap quantum computing
We have a studentship available to investigate the manufacture of ion traps for quantum computing. The studentship is supported by the UK’s Quantum Technologies programme and is associated with the national quantum computing hub (NQIT) led by the University of Oxford. This work will address the key engineering challenge in realising ion based quantum computing. The project will explore and develop techniques to assemble Ion trap optical assemblies with ultra-high positional tolerance in a miniaturised format. The project will use new techniques, i.e. ultra-precision machining, to diamond machine features with 25nm resolution and incorporates cleanroom processes, to integrate microwave electronics and optics to manipulate ions. These new devices will enable scaling of ion based quantum computing to produce state-of-the-art robust quantum computation.
We are looking for someone with a background/interest in engineering as a great deal of the PhD will be fabrication and laboratory based. An understanding of photonics or quantum engineering is desirable, but not essential. The candidate will work with the recently commissioned £1.3m dedicated suite of ultra-precision tools within the research group.
The PhD programme
Our world-leading research centre is a hive of activity with over 200 staff and students working on cutting-edge research to provide innovative solutions for real life problems in manufacturing, communication technology, defence, health care, renewable energy and the environment.
We are looking for the photonics pioneers of the future to join our vibrant research team and work alongside our world-class researchers to make history. Our physics and materials science PhD programme offers a solid start to any career in optics and photonics, whether you are planning to stay in academia or work in industry.
Applications would be welcome from candidates holding good degrees (1st class, 2:1 honours or MSc) in physics, materials science, mechanical or electronic engineering. Experimental skills are essential. In addition to the standard EPSRC PhD studentship, this position includes an annual allowance to enable attendance at international conferences. This post is open to UK and EU citizens only, due to standard EPSRC eligibility requirements. https://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/fees-and-funding
How to apply:
To apply, please submit an application for a PhD in the Optoelectronics Research Centre to the University of Southampton including that you wish to do a PhD within Prof. Peter Smith’s group. Please see the following address for more details: https://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/phd
Supervisor: Dr James Gates Co-supervisors: Dr Corin Gawith and Dr Lewis Carpenter
Closing date: applications should be made as soon as possible, this position must be filled by the end of June 2019.
Duration: typically three and a half years (full-time)
Start date: typically September
A fully funded 3.5 year PhD position is available in the Ion Trap Cavity-QED and Molecular Physics (ITCM) Group in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex. The project is within the Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) Hub.
For more information, please contact Prof Matthias Keller (email@example.com).
This project unites two distinct areas of quantum information processing: single ions stored in radio-frequency traps and single photons in optical fibres. Both fields have seen spectacular advances in recent years. Strings of ions are presently the most successful implementation of quantum computing, with elementary quantum algorithms and quantum simulations realised. 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. This requires novel ion trap structures that facilitate high-performance quantum computation and a photonic interconnect for networking. To create a high efficiency ion-photon interconnect for networking, we use miniature optical cavities. The Ion Trap Cavity-QED and Molecular Physics group in Sussex has a leading role in this field.
The aim of this project is to design, build and test a compact ion based quantum information processor. It consists of a linear ion trap with several separate trapping regions in which the ions can be loaded, cooled and quantum information processing can be performed. In addition, the structure contains a trapping region in which an optical micro-cavity is employed as a quantum interconnect between different quantum processors. The project involves the simulation of the ion trapping structure and the ion dynamic in the ion trap as well as the shuttling between different trapping regions. The optimised trapping structure will then be fabricated using micro-fabrication techniques and characterised. The transfer of ions between the various trapping regions and the quantum interconnect will be tested.
Skills and training
An important part of this PhD project is the skills development and training. Local training through lecture courses, transferable skills training modules and practical training in the laboratory will be complemented by SEPNet wide training events. These include workshops and training schools.
£14,777 per annum tax-free bursary and waiver of UK/EU fees each year for 3.5 years, as well as funding for research training and travel. Additional funding may also be available to support placements with outside partners for a further period of six months in total.
Applicants should hold, or expect to hold, a UK undergraduate degree in physics or engineering. If you are unsure about the equivalence of your qualifications, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to funding restrictions, the studentship is open to UK and EU resident students only. However, we also welcome applications from self-funded non-EU students
Apply on-line via the University of Sussex portal. State in the Funding section of the application form that you are applying for the "PhD Studentships in Experimental Atomic Physics."
Nu Quantum is a young and dynamic high-tech company that specialises in modular hardware for Quantum Cybersecurity: a platform single-photon source array technology for use in Quantum Random Number Generators and Quantum Key Distribution.
Nu Quantum, a recent spin-out from the University of Cambridge with strong links to the Quantum Optical Materials and Systems Group of the Cavendish Laboratory, is looking for quantum device engineers with experience in optoelectronic device fabrication and processing with atomically thin two-dimensional materials.
This position is ideally suited for those who are about to finish their PhD or Postdoc, and are curious about industrial quantum technologies research and the cutting-edge spin-off environment.
You will have full access to the fabrication and characterisation facilities at the University, and enjoy a collaborative environment comprising academic and industrial researchers, geared towards rapid prototyping of novel heterostructures on the way to product development.
Length of Position: 12 months in the first instance with possibility to extend.
Salary: Senior-level postdoctoral researcher equivalent.
Start date: February 1st, 2019, but it is flexible.
Desirable Experience: 2d material processing, optoelectronic device fabrication, basic optoelectronic device characterisation, cleanroom operations, overall being technically astute and creative.
If you are interested in this position or would like to know more about Nu Quantum, please email email@example.com
Application deadline is January 31 for UK/EU students, January 18 for international students.
The University of Warwick is looking for a graduate student to join the quantum information science group of Animesh Datta. The goals of this theoretical project are to produce the design principles for quantum sensors that can tackle some of the most fundamental open problems in physics. Instances include the direct detection of dark matter, testing the validity of quantum mechanics in macroscopic systems, searching for time variation of fundamental constants, and the direct detection of gravitational waves from exotic sources. The principle underlying all of these quests is the precise sensing of physical observables such as exquisitely small forces, phases, displacements and temperature.
The student must be interested in a close interplay of quantum metrology, quantum information science, quantum optics, and quantum mechanics.
See www.warwick.ac.uk/qinfo/join for details of the project and application instructions.
We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Optically Networked Quantum Spin Registers in Diamond in the Department of Materials.
The post is fixed-term up to 30 November 2019.
You will play a central role in the development of optically networked quantum spin registers in diamond, within the UK Hub in Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT), co-ordinated by the University of Oxford. The project goals are to develop diamond quantum technologies based on high efficiency spin-photon interfaces in which nitrogen vacancy defects written into diamond using laser processing techniques are coupled to bespoke optical microcavities.
You will play a key role within the Oxford group and collaborate with team members at partner universities (Cambridge, Warwick, and Strathclyde). You will be undertaking research in the engineering of colour centres in diamond using laser writing techniques; coupling of single NV- defects to optical microcavities at cryogenic temperatures; development of spin control techniques and logical operations; and entanglement of NV centres across an optical network
With a first degree and doctorate in physics, materials science, chemistry, engineering or related discipline; you will be well organised and self-motivated with the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project, to identify research objectives and carry out appropriate research activities within a given time-scale. You will have a sound grasp of quantum mechanics, optics, and atomic/molecular/solid state physics.
To apply, please visit the Oxford University Recruitment website: recruit.ox.ac.uk and search for vacancy 137336.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the User Engagement team of the NQIT Hub that is developing and commercialising quantum computing. NQIT is part of EPSRC’s £270m UK National QT Programme and a flagship project with responsibilities to achieve global leadership in research and economic impact. It is led by the University of Oxford.
Building on world-leading research, NQIT is developing practical quantum computing and simulation technologies and creating a new industry sector in the UK. The consortium of nine universities is funded by an award of £38m and supported by a number of commercial partners. The User Engagement Team identifies and works with such partners in the technology industry and the future application development and use. The current 5-year phase runs from 2014 until 2019.
This post is available for a fixed-term of 1 year, with the possibility of extension to November 2019. Furthermore the EPSRC is preparing for a 2nd phase that could extend to 2024. Secondments will be considered.
This is not a research role but the successful candidate must develop a good understanding of the relevant technologies and should possess a physical science, materials, engineering or computer science degree. Good interpersonal and communication skills are essential and an understanding of IP, commercial contracts and research funding would be advantageous. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to liaise effectively with wide range of organisations. Previous working experience in knowledge exchange, technology transfer or roles in innovation in academia, industry or the public sector would be an advantage.
Please direct enquiries about the role to Frances Sweeney.
Apply online at the Oxford University Recruitment website
An NQIT EPSRC DTP Studentship is available working in the Photonic Nanomaterials Group in the Department of Materials, University of Oxford, supervised by Professor Jason Smith.
This project will involve coupling diamond colour centres in single crystal membranes into optical microcavities to build efficient interfaces between coherent spin states and an optical network.
Our apparatus is now at the stage where we have demonstrated the first cavity-enhanced photon emission from a zero phonon line of a nitrogen vacancy centre in a diamond membrane. Further work is required to improve the quality of the colour centres in the membranes. The project will involve investigation of NV centres in membranes of different crystal orientations and using different material growth conditions.
Please contact Professor Jason Smith for more information.
To apply, please visit the Department of Materials Postgraduate Admissions website.
A maternity cover position is available for an experienced communications expert who is keen to lead the communications strategy for a high profile flagship research project led by the University of Oxford.
The size and complexity of this strategically critical award presents a rare opportunity for someone looking to embrace fast moving communications challenges in a world leading research environment, together with management of a wide and varied programme of internal and public facing events. Effective communication with consortium members, partners, stakeholders and the public is crucial to the Hub’s mission and this role is vital to the delivery of these objectives.
The Networked Quantum Information Technology Hub (NQIT) Hub builds on the world’s most advanced quantum technologies to develop practical technologies in entirely new sectors. It is funded by a £38m grant awarded to a consortium of nine universities and is supported by a number of commercial and governmental partners. As part of EPSRC’s £270m National Quantum Technologies Programme, the Hub has an international profile and corresponding responsibilities to achieve the highest levels of success. More information can be found at nqit.ox.ac.uk.
Applicants should either possess a sciences degree or evidence of the ability to engage rapidly and effectively with unfamiliar technical material. Understanding of quantum information and previous experience of working in a university environment are not essential as this role also has an industry focus. However, excellent communication skills gained with a variety of media and evidence of successful oral and written presentation of technical material are essential. Candidates will be expected to have demonstrable experience in the ability to liaise effectively with wide range of people including the general public, internal staff, industrial collaborators and funding agencies.
Please direct enquiries about the role to Frances Sweeney (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For a full job description and to apply online, please go to this job advert on the Oxford University Recruitment Website