The Edinburgh Mostly Quantum Lab (EMQL) offers a PhD position in satellite quantum communication. Quantum communication allows for unconditionally secure encryption of messages. Terrestrial quantum networks are limited in range due to the quantum signal loss in optical fibres. This limitation can be overcome with satellites, equipped with quantum transmitters or receivers, that exchange keys with optical ground stations. This PhD project can be targeted at one of two ongoing projects: optical payload design for an upcoming UK-funded cubesat mission, or the design and operation of a ground-based transmitter that will communicate with international in-orbit satellite receivers. The project will be carried out under the umbrella of the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Communications, an EPSRC funded £20M consortium of university and industry partners. There will be ample opportunities for travel, collaboration with partners within and beyond the hub, as well as outreach activities.
The EMQL was established at Heriot-Watt in 2015, and currently consists of a group of 4 postdocs and 4 PhD students. Our labs are part of the HWU quantum technology facilities, a shared state-of-the-art space that combines photonic quantum technology research with a range of physical architectures such as solid-state photonics, downconversion, integrated photonics, and fabrication. Our research spans all areas of photonic quantum information processing, from foundations to communications, computing and metrology, and there is freedom to explore areas beyond quantum networking.
All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2021. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype).
How to Apply
1. Important Information before you Apply
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 Chemistry PhD, Physics PhD, Chemical Engineering PhD, Mechanical Engineering PhD, Bio-science & Bio-Engineering PhD or Electrical PhD as appropriate and select September 2022 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 potential 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.