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PhD Studentship on the Development of a quantum magnetic imaging array for characterisation of electric vehicle batteries


School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Dr Fedja Orucevic Monday, May 31, 2021 Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Our Research Group

Our team uses neutral atomic ensembles for studying a variety of aspects of quantum physics and quantum technology, across a series of experiments in our laboratories at the University of Sussex. The research ranges from more applied investigations utilising the sensitivity of atomic systems for magnetic field measurements (of both microscopy of surfaces and materials, as well as the magnetic signals from the brain) to more fundamental studies of complex quantum phenomena in ultracold gases both in and out of equilibrium.

Magnetic sensing for new technologies

From smartphone cameras to deep-space telescopes, being able to capture images now underpins a significant amount of our technology. This project aims to expand this technology to low-frequency magnetic fields by creating sensor arrays capable of producing images of magnetic fields. Developing such a device will allow us to observe a range of interesting systems, such as electric vehicles batteries, magnetic nanoparticles and neuronal activity in the human brain. The Quantum Systems and Devices (QSD) group at the University of Sussex are active in both developing, and furthering the applications of, quantum magnetic sensors for both research and industry.

The Project

The aim of this work will be to use quantum sensors already in use at the University of Sussex, as well as collaborating with the sensor development team in the QSD group. They will use optically-pumped magnetometers (OPMs), currently the most sensitive magnetometers in the world, to measure fields around a billion times smaller than the Earth’s magnetic field. One particular application of interest is in the use of magnetic field detection to infer electrical current paths in electric vehicle batteries. Knowledge of which will help understand the degradation of electrochemical cells, and be used to monitor battery state-of-health as well as assist the development of new battery technologies and layouts.

This project will involve a combination of experimental, theoretical, and numerical work, and so in addition to a good Honours or Master’s degree, the candidate should have experience in (and enjoy!) experimental physics or a background in atomic and quantum physics with programming skills. From this project, the student will learn a wide range of experimental skills, including optics and lasers, electronics, numerical modelling techniques, and gain a deeper understanding of atomic physics and quantum technology.

If you have practical questions about the progress of your on-line application or your eligibility, contact Emma Ransley at 

For academic questions about the project, contact Dr Fedja Orucevic,


Funding Notes

• Fully-paid tuition fees for three and a half years.
• A tax-free bursary for living costs for three and a half years. From October 2021/22 this is expected to be £15560 per year
• A support grant for three and a half years of £1,650 per year for travel and conferences.
• If you are not a UK national, nor an EU national with UK settled/pre-settled status, you will need to apply for a student study visa before admission

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