PhD Studentship in Hybrid quantum communication and sensing networks

   School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

   Tuesday, October 31, 2023  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applicants are invited to undertake a 3.5-year PhD programme in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sussex in partnership with DSTL to investigate the theory of quantum communication and sensing networks. A fully funded studentship is available through the SEPnet SME-Doctoral Training Network.


This theory PhD project will extend promising developments on the use of quantum networks of sensors to investigate the potential for new applications in secure remote sensing as well as develop general principles for understanding the power and capability of quantum networks. A disruptive application of this technology is to make incredibly precise measurements at remote platforms that cannot house all the infrastructure needed for quantum measurements and communications. At Sussex we have demonstrated the viability of such an application and shown it is remarkably secure to the known vulnerabilities of other communication schemes. This project will investigate how this idea could be extended to multiple parties.

Sussex has pioneered research into quantum sensors and their network capabilities [1,2]. This PhD project is an exciting opportunity to be part of the next stage of developments. The successful applicant will be part of the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies ( and will work with team members at DSTL. They will benefit from being part of the SME-DTN cohort and will receive both academic and transferable skills training at Sussex and through our membership of the South East Physics Network ( This includes Summer and Winter Schools and a wide range of advanced physics courses. 

The aim of the SME Doctoral Training Network (SME-DTN) is to create a critical mass of research to support both regional industries and national science priorities with funding from Research England Development Fund (RED). The SME-DTN aims to attract applications from diverse backgrounds and non-traditional routes. 

How to apply

You should apply through the University of Sussex online system:

Select the PhD in Physics and in the Finance & Fees section, state that you wish to be considered for this studentship.

We advise early application as the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Interested in this studentship?

If you have practical questions about the progress of your on-line application or your eligibility, contact . For academic questions about the project, contact Prof. Jacob Dunningham at .

Funding Notes

The studentship covers tuition fees, a tax-free stipend (currently £17,688 p.a.) and an additional financial study package including travel budget, provided by the Research England Development Fund. Only UK Higher Education “Home Fee” status applicants are eligible.


[1] T.J Proctor, P.A Knott, J.A. Dunningham, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 080501 (2018)
[2] Jesús Rubio and Jacob Dunningham, PRA 101, 032114 (2020)

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