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  PhD studentship in Quantum Computing

   School of Informatics

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About the Project

One fully funded PhD position is available at the University of Edinburgh specifically within the theme of Quantum Computing. You will be based in the School of Informatics, with supervision from one or more of 40+ expert academics from the School of Informatics, the School of Mathematics, the School of Physics and Astronomy, the School of Engineering, or EPCC.

As part of an interdisciplinary cohort, you will develop a deep understanding of foundational quantum computing principles, quantum information, quantum software development, and mathematical modelling of different problems tailored to quantum sciences, receiving integrated studies in Quantum Informatics, including a bespoke residential programme at the National Quantum Computing Centre. Your project can focus on applications in different domains, ranging from particle physics to quantum computer architecture engineering, from mathematical fundamentals to interfacing with high-performance computing. Topics may include but are not limited to: quantum algorithms, quantum programming, quantum machine learning, quantum cryptography, quantum error correction, quantum architecture, and topological quantum computing.

Candidate’s profile

  • You have a strong interest in quantum informatics, broadly construed. In your first year you will receive taught courses in Quantum Computing; background experience in the topic is desirable but not strictly necessary
  • You have a strong Bachelor’s Hons degree at 2.1 classification or above (or international equivalent) and/or Master’s degree in a relevant subject (computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering, economics, or related subject)
  • You are proficient in English (both oral and written)

Studentship and eligibility

The studentship covers:

  • Full time PhD tuition fees for a student with a home fee status (£4,768 per annum) or overseas fee status (£31,500 per annum); and
  • A tax-free stipend of £19,237 per year for 4 years; and
  • A Research Training and Support Grant (RTSG) of £9,000 (total) to be used to cover the costs of specialist research equipment, conference registrations, travel and subsistence

The funded studentship is open to UK, EU and international students; funding will be allocated in accordance with the funder’s eligibility requirements.

The Studentship also includes 8 weeks of paid annual leave, plus funding for sick leave and parental leave.

Application Information

The programme start date is 01 September 2024.

Applicants must apply via the University’s admissions portal (EUCLID) and apply for the LFCS PhD full time programme with a start date of September 2024.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and actively encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds and/or with protected characteristics.

You should state “Quantum Informatics” and Dr. Chris Heunen in the proposed supervisor section, even if you envision working with a different supervisor.

Complete applications must be submitted by 31 March 2024 in order to be given full consideration. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in an online interview with a selection panel. All appointments will be made on merit.

Applicants must submit:

  • All degree transcripts and certificates (and certified translations if applicable)
  • Evidence of English Language capability (where applicable)
  • A statement of intent describing your experience and motivation to research Quantum Computing, which can take the form of a research proposal but doesn’t need to (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 is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure reference letters are received in a timely manner and preferably 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.

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