PhD position: Ultra-precision machining for ion trap quantum computing

Application deadline
Location
Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton


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.

Candidate Requirements:
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