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The Theoretical Development of Engineered Quantum Sensors

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Project Description

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS) is a major Australian research initiative established in 2017, bringing together researchers from The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney, Macquarie University, The University of Western Australia, and The Australian National University. There are several domestic and international partner institutions. 

EQuS seeks to initiate the Quantum Era in the 21st century by engineering designer quantum systems. Through focussed and visionary research we will deliver new scientific insights and fundamentally new technical capabilities across a range of disciplines. Impacts of this work will improve the lives of Australians and people all over the world by producing breakthroughs in physics, engineering, chemistry, biology and medicine.

Macquarie University is uniquely located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, Macquarie brings together more than 40,000 students and 3000 staff in one thriving hub of discovery. Our campus spans 126 hectares, with open green space that gives our community the freedom to think and grow.

More than AU$1 billion has recently been invested in our facilities and infrastructure so our students and staff can thrive in an environment that is inspiring and switched on to the latest digital technologies. With more than 100 leading companies located on or around the Macquarie campus, our students can tap into industry connections that give them an edge in their future careers, while our staff have access to outstanding research and innovation opportunities with some of the world’s leading organisations.

The Macquarie University node of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Engineered Quantum Systems (, is searching for a PhD candidate to assist in the theoretical development of quantum sensors. Quantum systems are incredibly fragile and are easily disturbed by external influences. This makes them very useful for use in the design of ultra-precise sensors e.g. for sensing acceleration, rotation, magnetic and electric fields, etc. Such sensors can have widespread practical uses for inertial navigation (non GPS based), or for medical imaging. We are seeking candidates with strong backgrounds in the theory of quantum optics or atom optics and experience with the numerical modelling of quantum system would be a plus.

The PhD position is available to both domestic (Australia/New Zealand), and international candidates.

For domestic candidates, the three year scholarship can provide a living stipend ~$27,500AUD/yr,
while for international candidates the scholarship additionally covers international fees ($44,000AUD/yr).

To apply email Prof Jason Twamley [Email Address Removed] with a CV.

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