The sensitivity of quantum states to their surroundings provides a resource for developing new classes of quantum sensors with unprecedented capabilities. For example, the spins of individual electrons can be used to detect minuscule magnetic, electric, and thermal fields, with wide-ranging applications ranging from imaging structure and dynamics in biological systems, to nanoscale imaging of quantum or classical devices.
To realise the potential of quantum sensing, architectures are needed which support long-lived quantum states (to maximise the interaction time with the sensing target), and enable exquisite control over the quantum sensor’s properties—e.g., physical and electronic structure—so that they can be optimised for a given application.
Spins in chemically synthesised molecules present an exciting opportunity to achieve such features as they can combine long quantum coherence times with control down to the level of single atoms, as well as a versatile parameter space to tune quantum sensor properties.
This project seeks to realise the potential of such systems by developing new quantum sensors based on spins hosted in luminescent molecules. This multidisciplinary effort will span a range of activities including spin-optical spectroscopy, magnetic resonance, quantum-mechanical simulations, and you will have access to the state-of-the-art James Watt Nanofabrication Centre. This project will enable you to acquire a broad set of skills spanning quantum control, optics, high-frequency electronics, and nanofabrication, and develop new systems and techniques for quantum sensing.
Applicants for this project should ideally possess a degree or equivalent in Physics, Chemistry, Electronic Engineering, Materials Science, or a related discipline.
We are committed to fostering and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion, and applications are particularly welcome from candidates from under-represented groups. We strive to reflect and celebrate the diversity of our wider community, and promote a supportive and flexible working environment in all our activities.
Please contact Dr Sam Bayliss for informal enquiries.
Further details on the application procedure are available here and here, including information on the Mary Gibb Dunlop Scholarships that have been established to support exceptional female academics (and those identifying as female) to undertake postgraduate research within the James Watt School of Engineering.