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  PhD in Diamond Quantum Technologies

   School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications

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  Assoc Prof Jarryd Pla  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Project Summary

A PhD position is available on the topic of diamond-based quantum technologies within the research group led by Associate Professor Jarryd Pla in the School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications at UNSW Sydney.

The PhD will be focused on undertaking research into quantum technologies based on spins in diamond strongly coupled to microwave cavities at room temperature. This system can be used to explore a range of cutting-edge technologies, including MASERs (the microwave equivalent of the LASER) and ultra-low noise microwave amplifiers, as well as study fundamental physical phenomenon such as superradiance. This position is supported by an Australian-Government-funded project on room temperature diamond quantum technologies. The candidate will collaborate with other group members to design and construct experimental apparatus and perform microwave measurements to validate the devices and technologies. The outcomes of this project are expected to have applications in areas as diverse as defence (radar), space exploration (satellite communication), and fundamental research (spectroscopy).

The successful candidate will have opportunities to engage with the broader quantum ecosystem in the Sydney basin through the Sydney Quantum Academy (, which provides scholarship extensions and top-ups as well as coursework opportunities for eligible students.

This position is open to both domestic and international candidates. Ideal candidates will have the following experience:

• Relevant Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics or equivalent.

• Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, e.g. through an Honour’s or Master’s research thesis project.

• Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.

• Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders.

• A solid understanding of quantum mechanics.

• Experience in numerical programming with Python or Matlab.

Successful applicants will receive a tax-free stipend of AU$35,000 per annum in 2023, increasing to $37,684 in 2024.

The scholarship is a 3-year appointment, extendible to 3.5 years (or 4 years for eligible students).

Applications should be sent via email to [Email Address Removed] as a pdf file with the subject line “Application: PhD in Diamond QT”. The application should include a CV, copies of your university transcript(s) and degree(s), a brief cover letter stating your motivation for applying for the project and any relevant experience and the name and email addresses of two academic references that can provide letters of recommendation if requested.

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