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Modulators and low-loss switching for Quantum Technology


Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding
Southampton United Kingdom Communications Engineering Electrical Engineering Nanotechnology Optical Physics

About the Project

Supervisory Team:   Prof. Peter G R Smith, Dr Corin Gawith, Dr James Gates, Dr Christopher Holmes

Project description

Our team specialises in the development and manufacturing of novel optoelectronic devices for applications in quantum technology, integrated optical sensors and laser optics.

The goal of this project is to create devices for the Quantum Internet. Using state of the art fabrication facilities at Southampton we are seeking excellent PhD candidates who wish to work on developing core components for interfacing quantum computers and quantum networks. Unlike optical telecomms, where losses are tolerated and compensated by amplifiers, in the world of Quantum Tech every photon is precious, and so we are seeking to create new ultra low-loss optical components which will reduce losses and allow us to create large entangled quantum states. The project will be strongly engineering based, with a focus on practical and manufacturable solutions to the problem of how to preserve photons and provide the unique functions required for the quantum internet.

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.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact James Gates, Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics Group, Email:

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2021 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in the Optoelectronics Research Centre to the University of Southampton including the fact 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

Applications should include:

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

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