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PhD studentship in Quantum Computation

School of Informatics

About the Project

One fully funded PhD position to work with Dr. Garcia-Patron Sanchez in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, on near-term quantum computers.

Quantum computers are a new paradigm of computation that has the potential to outperform traditional computing devices for targeted applications as deciphering encrypted messages, simulating quantum systems or solving optimisation problems. A variety of platforms have recently been built, which can perform non-trivial computations today. A timely and important open question is to investigate how these near-term quantum computing architectures could outperform classical machines for specific applications despite being unavoidably noisy. Our team focus its research on finding new applications for near-term quantum devices, but also studying the effect of noise on the potential superiority of practical quantum computers over their traditional counterparts.

Candidate’s profile
• A good mastering of quantum physics or theoretical computer science.
• Basics programming skill are required.
• A good Bachelor’s degree (2.1 or above or international equivalent) and/or Master’s degree in a relevant subject (physics, mathematics or computer science)
• Proficiency in English (both oral and written)
• Knowledge of quantum computation or quantum information is highly desirable.

Application Information

Applicants should apply via the University’s admissions portal (EUCLID) and apply for the following programme: LFCS PhD programme with a start date of 01 February 2021:

Applicants should state “PhD studentship in Quantum Computation on near-term devices” and the research supervisor (Dr. Garcia-Patron Sanchez) in their application and Research Proposal document.

Complete applications submitted by 30 September 2020 will receive full consideration; after that date applications will be considered until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is 01 February 2021 but later start dates can be considered.

Applicants must submit:

• All degree transcripts and certificates (and certified translations if applicable)
• Evidence of English Language capability (where applicable).
• A short research proposal (max 2 pages)
• A full CV and cover letter describing your background, suitability for the PhD, and research interests (max 2 pages).
• Two references (note that it the applicant’s responsibility to ensure reference letters are received before the deadline).

Only complete applications (i.e. those that are not missing the above documentation) will progress forward to Academic Selectors for further consideration.


The School of Informatics is one of the largest in Europe and currently the top Informatics institute in the UK for research power, with 40% of its research outputs considered world-leading (top grade), and almost 50% considered top grade for societal impact. The University of Edinburgh is constantly ranked among the world’s top universities and is a highly international environment with several centres of excellence.

Funding Notes

The studentship starting in the academic year 2020/21 covers:

• Full time PhD tuition fees for a student with a Home/EU fee status (£4,407 per annum) and/or overseas fee status (£23,500 per annum)
• A tax-free stipend of GBP £15,285 per year for 3 years / 3.5 years.
• Additional programme costs of £1000 per year.

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