Industrial PhD opportunities

PhD studentships (3½ years) are available for postgraduate work in an industrial environment. You will be working at a partner company’s premises under the supervision of company staff. In parallel, you will be following the required courses of the International Graduate School for Quantum Technologies and will have a University supervisor.  

Vapour cells for spectroscopy

Industrial partner: Emerson (Cascade Technologies), Stirling

Vapour cells are used in spectroscopic instruments and gas analysers for validation or calibration and for stabilisation. Cascade Technologies has an interest in all of these methods and is particularly interested in developing inexpensive vapour cells for gases with spectral features in the NIR and MIR wavelength regions. The Experimental Quantum Optics & Photonics Group at Strathclyde University have built up expertise in a process known as anodic bonding which has great potential for inexpensive, scalable manufacturing of spectroscopic vapour cells. The student will develop an understanding of state of the art manufacturing and assembly methods for anodic bonding, and will undertake research into extending current methods into those areas most relevant to the company’s needs. The student will be part of a multidiscipline team working on the development of some of the most advanced gas analysers in the world.

For more details please contact Prof. Erling Riis:

Further information:

Vapour cells for spectroscopy (University of Strathclyde)

Engineering technologies for scalable quantum computing

Industrial partner: M Squared lasers, Glasgow

Quantum computation offers a revolutionary approach to information processing, providing a route to efficiently solve classically hard problems such as factorisation and optimisation as well as unlocking new applications in material science and quantum chemistry. This project will advance critical hardware components for atomic quantum computing platforms at the interface of academia and industry, focusing on the development of advanced low-noise laser systems for high-fidelity state preparation, qubit control and readout alongside engineering routes to enable future scaling from 100s to 1000s of qubits.

The M Squared Lasers flagship product SolsTiS, a solid-state laser that is class-leading in multiple sectors but significantly, has been adopted as the photonics backbone of choice for many quantum technologies covering frontier research to commercially deployed quantum computers. This source is one of the most crucial underpinning technologies enabling the scaling of the atomic quantum computer hardware to the point where it will be able to solve problems not accessible even on the largest available conventional supercomputers.

For more details please contact Dr. Jonathan Pritchard: 

Further information:  

Engineering technologies for scalable quantum computing (University of Strathclyde)