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PhD Studentship in Single Microwave Photon detector with trapped electrons

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Project Description

The Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies is committed to the development of novel practical quantum technologies as well as to fundamental quantum physics research. Experimental activity includes architectures for quantum information processing with ions (QIP technology), interfaces for atomic ions with optical fibers (quantum communications technology), quantum simulators, and the development of quantum microwave circuits with trapped electrons (quantum metrology). The centre has also a strong theory activity on these and other research areas.
We are recruiting highly motivated candidates with strong interest in experimental work. The goal is the development of a Single Microwave photon detector with trapped electrons. An efficient detector of single microwave (MW) photons is a fundamental tool still missing in quantum technology. Such detectors are essential for determining the quantum state of GHz radiation fields and thus vital for quantum communication/information applications with microwaves. At Sussex we have developed a pioneering ion (Penning) trap technology on a superconducting chip that will enable trapped electrons as ultra-sensitive microwave sensors. These will offer unique capabilities for the observation and coherent manipulation of quantum MW fields.
The project is part of the recently awarded "Quantum Microwave Sensor" EPSRC Quantum Technology fellowship, led by Dr Jose Verdu Galiana. It includes a close collaboration with the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (University College London) as well as other world-leading industrial partners.
The project will be supervised by Dr Jose Verdu Galiana. For more information about the project please visit http://www.sussex.ac.uk/scqt/ or contact Dr Galiana.

Applicants should have a 1st class degree in Physics or a related subject. Experience in Penning traps, microwave engineering, RF-electronics, superconductors or related experimental skills is advantageous, but not mandatory. The position is for 3.5 years, fully funded (fees and stipend) for UK/EU students.

Application procedure
Apply through the Sussex on-line system
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/applying
State in the Funding Information section of the application form that you would like to apply for this studentship, giving the title of the project as above.
Applications should include a CV, as well as transcripts of marks obtained on your degree(s) and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Please also include a statement explaining your suitability for the project.

Timetable
Candidates are encouraged to apply, or at least make an expression of interest, as early as possible. The award will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate can be found.
The last possible date we can receive applications is 01 September 2016.
Possible start dates are 01 February 2016, 01 May 2016 or 01 September 2016.

Contact details
Informal enquiries should be sent to Dr Jose Verdu Galiana at [email protected]
Enquiries about your eligibility, the progress of your application and admission to Sussex, should be sent to Rebecca Foster at [email protected]

Funding Notes

£14,057 per annum tax-free bursary and waiver of UK/EU fees each year for 3.5 years.
The award includes an additional training grant of £1250 p.a. for short courses, books, travel, conferences etc.
Due to funding restrictions, the studentship is open to UK and EU resident students only.
Not all EU students may be eligible. Before applying, EU students should check the EPSRC eligibility criteria here:
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/

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