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Co-funded Studentship in Quantum Computing – EPSRC CDT in Delivering Quantum Technologies

Applications now open

UCL’s CDT in Delivering Quantum Technologies is pleased to announce a co-funded studentship in Quantum Computing in partnership with Riverlane.

Riverlane is a research-led startup backed by Cambridge University and leading venture capital investors. The company is developing software and algorithms that use quantum computers to accurately simulate quantum effects. The ability to accurately model atomic systems will have a profound impact on our ability to design new materials for example for batteries or solar cells, catalysts and ultimately pharmaceuticals.

This is a special type of studentship on our CDT programme which provides:

  • Advanced Project Choice - The area of PhD research is agreed with the student on admission.
  • Fully funded 4-year studentships including fees, stipend and a generous training and research support package
  • Enhanced Stipend (currently £ 19,409 per year)
  • Innovative MRes in Quantum Technologies in first year of programme
  • PhD, in years 2-4, in collaboration with a world-class industrial partner
  • Open to UK-fee and EU-fee paying students*.
  • Start date: September 2019

Project Description

Supervisors: Prof. Dan Browne (UCL), Dr Steve Brierley (Riverlane)
Research Area: Quantum Software for near-term quantum computers.

During their PhD project, the student will work alongside the company to either explore new methods to improve the performance of near term quantum computers (through error mitigation or quantum error correction) or to apply the software developed by Riverlane to new applications extending the potential impact of quantum computing in to new areas of physics, chemistry and materials research.

Applicants should have a strong academic track record (to Masters level) in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science or Maths.

This studentship is open to students with Home-Fee and EU-Fee student fee status. See here.

Applications are now open. To apply, please see our website.

Application Deadline: 27th March

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between this studentship and regular studentships on the CDT?
In a regular CDT studentship, students select their research area for their PhD mid-way through the MRes year. With this special studentship the project area is agreed with the sponsor Riverlane at admissions. Students with industrially co-funded projects in our CDT receive a stipend enhancement of £2400p.a. above the standard UCL EPSRC PhD stipend rate (£17,009 for 2019-20). Apart from these two differences, the student experience is the same as all other studentships on the CDT.

Where can I find out more about the CDT?
Please see our website.

Where can I find out more about Riverlane?
Please see the Riverlane website.

How do I apply?
Please see our website.


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