By harnessing fundamental features of quantum mechanics—such as superposition and entanglement—quantum sensors offer new frontiers for detecting quantities ranging from magnetic and electric fields to strain and temperature. These systems offer wide-ranging applications ranging from magnetic resonance imaging at the nanoscale, to quantum-enhanced biosensing.
This project, available in the Quantum Optospintronics Group at the University of Glasgow, seeks to demonstrate a new quantum sensing platform based on electronic spins in luminescent molecules, enabling robust quantum states to be harnessed in a versatile and widely deployable molecular architecture. Through this multidisciplinary effort you will carry out range of activities including cryogenic optical spectroscopy, magnetic resonance, and quantum-mechanical simulations, enabling you to acquire a broad set of skills spanning quantum control, quantum optics, high-frequency electronics, and nanofabrication, and contribute to the development of a versatile class of spin-based quantum sensors.
About the group
The Quantum Optospintronics Group, led by Dr. Sam Bayliss, explores the spin and optical properties of molecular materials and devices with applications spanning quantum information processing, energy harvesting, and sensing. We have state-of-the art capabilities including for cryogenic confocal microscopy, electron/nuclear spin resonance, and single-spin detection, and as part of a dynamic group—which spans solid-state physics, quantum engineering and physical chemistry—you will have significant opportunities to shape an exciting research agenda.
Application details & further information
We are committed to fostering and promoting an inclusive, supportive, and flexible working environment in all our activities. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from groups which have been historically under-represented in STEM subjects/research.
Applicants should ideally possess a degree or equivalent in Physics, Chemistry, Electronic Engineering, Materials Science, or a related discipline.
Further details on the application procedure and funding (available through EPSRC Doctoral Training Awards) are available at:
Please also see https://www.gla.ac.uk/scholarships/ for a list of additional scholarship opportunities, including the James McCune Smith PhD Scholarships for Black UK domiciled students.
For more information, please see our Quantum Optospintronics Group website, and contact Dr Sam Bayliss for informal enquiries.