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:

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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: 

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Engineering technologies for scalable quantum computing (University of Strathclyde)

Quantum Devices based on silicon carbide transistors

Industrial partner: National Physical Laboratory, Teddington

Unbreakable cryptography, teleportation of information and ultra-fast computing will soon cease to be figments of science fiction literature. These are now considered imminent realities enabled by the upbringing of quantum technologies [1]. Devices that exploit the laws of quantum physics are developing quickly and many materials are presently under scrutiny to build the future quantum hardware [2-3]. This project will investigate quantum effects in silicon carbide (SiC), a wide-bandgap compound semiconductor made of silicon and carbon. The aim of the studentship will be the development of device and testing technologies to electrically probe quantum defects in the semiconductor crystal [4-5]. A central aspect will be the prototyping of novel single-charge and single-spin electronics useful for quantum computing and quantum sensing. This project also aims at enabling large integration and scalability of SiC quantum devices, unlocking their commercial viability. The research activities will balance device design and modelling, hands-on cleanroom fabrication, as well as electrical measurements at cryogenic temperatures. The student will be involved in making and characterising devices that span from metal-oxide-semiconductor nano-capacitors to LEDs and field-effect transistors. This is an exciting opportunity to develop technical skills of relevance to both the academic job market and the nascent quantum technology industry. This iCASE studentship will provide the student with industrial exposure through hands-on activities at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and other corporate partners, such as Hitachi and British Telecom. [1] The European Quantum Flagship [2] T.D. Ladd et al. Nature 464, 45 (2010) [3] D.D. Awschalom et al. Science 339, 1174 (2013) [4] A. Lohrmann et al. Rep. Prog. Phys. 80, 034502 (2017) [5] M. Atature et al. Nature Reviews Materials 3, 38 (2018)
Responsibilities include:
• Design and fabricate quantum devices in a cleanroom environment.
• Perform low-temperature experiments and device characterisation.
• Analyse and model experimental data with appropriate software (e.g. Matlab, Python etc.).
• Prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
• Travel domestically across collaborating institutions to carry out part of the project’s activities.
This project is part of a long-standing collaboration between the Quantum Technology Department at NPL (London) and the Physics Department at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow). The student is expected to carry out most of the research activities at NPL (~90%) where he/she will join the Quantum Electrical Metrology Group. The successful candidate will be also part of a cohort of highly selected students at the Postgraduate Institute for Measurement Science, a multi-disciplinary national centre for research training and skills development in metrology and its applications. Extended stays at Strathclyde (~10%) will be encouraged throughout the project’s lifespan. Funding for travel expenses between Glasgow and London is readily available.
This is a fully funded 4-year EPSRC iCASE studentship. Stipend top-up above the UKRI minimum. Additional funds will be available for travel costs and training.
How to apply:
For informal inquiries and/or applications, please contact directly Dr Alessandro Rossi (
Application documents need to include a CV, University transcripts, and 1-page statement of interest.

Quantum Devices based on silicon carbide transistors (University of Strathclyde)