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A Scalable and Coherent Semiconductor Spin-Photon Interface (EPS2020/28)

  • Full or part time
    Dr Brian Gerardot
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 28, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Scalability is an outstanding challenge in semiconductor quantum technologies. This project aims to address this by realizing small nodes of coherent spin-photon interfaces.

Coherent spin-photon interfaces underpin many applications in quantum information science. Self-assembled quantum dots offer a promising platform to realize this: single spins can easily be manipulated and entangled with indistinguishable single photons. Unfortunately, the random nature of self-assembly creates challenges for scalability. This project aims to tackle this challenge using both on-chip and off-chip strategies to realize small-scale nodes of coherent spin-photon interfaces.


All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2020. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype). This scholarship is primarily open to UK/EU applicants who meet UK residency requirements set out by EPSRC, however funding may be available fro exceptional overseas candidates.

How to Apply

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When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:
(a) in ‘Study Option’
You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Physics PhD and select September 2020 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)
(b) in ‘Research Project Information’

You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the supervisor’s name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.

Funding Notes

The annual stipend will be approx. £15k and full fees will be paid for a period of 4 years.

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