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PhD Studentship in Quantum Technology ( Ref: WD_2021_17_SPONS_2)

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About the Project

Post summary

Applications are invited for a PhD position funded scholar in the Walton Institute, South East Technological University, Ireland. The candidate is expected to be highly self-motivated, and willing to work in future emerging topics in Quantum Technology.

Position: Quantum Neuromorphic Computing.

Description: Artificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionize medicine, agriculture, finance, and cybersecurity by solving computationally challenging problems like pattern recognition and anomaly detection in big data with unprecedented benefits. As the amount of data grows exponentially, it is necessary to provide faster and more energy efficient systems. Current software implementations of neural networks are severely limited by the Von Neumann computing bottleneck. This refers to the physical separation of memory and processing units which results in increased latency and idle time and decreased performance. Neuromorphic computing is inspired by the neuronal network structure of the human brain. Optical processing offers numerous advantages such as high speed, low power consumption and potential for miniaturization. The research will focus on simulation, design, development and demonstration of a quantum reservoir computer and extension to composite logic gate circuits for increased functionality. Developing and implementing such neuromorphic hardware is essential for realizing a wide range of applications in real-time from analyzing satellite imagery, aerial surveillance to industry automation, robotics, defence.

Person specification



• First- or second-class honours degree in physics, computer science, engineering or related relevant discipline.


• MSc degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification in physics, computer science, engineering or related relevant discipline.

Knowledge & Experience


• Keen interest in nanotechnology including nanofabrication.

• Strong background in quantum computing / quantum communications and related technologies.

• Strong skills in simulation software.

• Highly analytical.


• Experience in nanotechnology.

• Expertise in data analysis.

• Familiarity with quantum computing software.

• Demonstrated capability in the delivery of research projects at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Skills & Competencies


• Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English,

please see English Language Requirements for details.

• Highly motivated, demonstrate initiative and ability to work within multi-disciplinary project team to achieve results.

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

• Good academic record of excellence and writing skills.


• Prior experience working with/in industry, scientific paper and report writing.

Funding Notes

Scholarship Title:PhD Studentship in Quantum Technology
Reference number:WD_2021_17_SPONS_2
Supervisor(s):Dr. Deirdre Kilbane (SETU), Dr. Martin Aeschlimann (UNIKL)
Research Group:Walton Institute
Department / School:Department of Computing and Mathematics
Duration:48 months (Structured PhD)
Status: Full Time
Funding information:Funded through SFI CONNECT (Phase 2)
Value of the scholarship per annum.
Stipend: €18,500
Fees: €4,500
Research costs: €2,000
Teaching requirement (if any) None
Closing date and time:This Competition will close on at 4pm Irish time on the 17th of August 2022
Interview date: TBC
Commencement date:Q3 2022


Further information
For any informal queries, please contact Deirdre Kilbane,+353 (0)5130 2912 or (preferably) by email on
For queries relating to the application and admission process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions
Office via email or telephone +353 (0)51 302883.
University Website
Application procedure
Download the Research Postgraduate Application Form and return completed applications to, quoting WD_2021_17_SPONS_2 in the email subject line. Please note that paper
submissions will not be accepted
Please note that paper submissions will not be accepted.
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