EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Delivering Quantum Technologies and Skills Hub in Quantum Systems Engineering
4-year PhD programme in quantum technology and quantum systems engineering
A Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is a new way to do a PhD – 4 years of training and research leading to a PhD in a cohort of 12-15 students.
Quantum technologies involve control and manipulation of quantum states to achieve results not possible with classical matter, transforming measurement, communication and computation. UCL's doctoral programmes are training the new generation of leaders who can bring this about.
There are new opportunities from a major new Skills Hub grant from EPSRC providing additional funding for studentships focused on quantum systems engineering. We welcome applicants from a broad range of degree backgrounds, including physics, engineering and computer science.
About the centre
You will be trained in a partnership between academic groups at the UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute (UCLQ), commercial and government laboratories, training partners in communication and high-tech enterprise, and a network of international centres.
Training and research encompass experiment and theory, across disciplines from Physics to Computer Science and Systems Engineering.
Our participating groups cover quantum technologies including semiconductor and superconductor devices, trapped atoms and ions, hybrid systems, and linear optics.
Applications include complex optimization problems, machine learning, quantum sensors and standards, quantum thermodynamics, quantum communication, quantum simulation and computation.
Training and research in the centre
Students benefit from a broad training year leading to an MRes, covering all the disciplines underlying quantum technologies, followed by a three years of research, leading to the award of a PhD.
You do not need to choose a supervisor when you apply; you will benefit from a year's advanced training in the field, plus a chance to learn about the research groups and see them in action, before you decide. You also get to be part of a cohort of like-minded friends and colleagues through your training.
How to apply
We will be looking for candidates with an outstanding academic record (first-class or upper-second class honours in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science or a closely related subject at UK undergraduate Masters level or equivalent) coupled with a broad outlook and a strong interest in quantum technologies.
Application is via the UCLQ website. You will need a CV, transcript of your undergraduate marks, names and contact details of at least two academic referees, and a brief (250-word) statement giving your reasons for applying and an outline of your research interests.
You must apply by this route even if you are also applying for other postgraduate programmes at UCL.