PhD position on adaptive learning for quantum sensing

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Friday, December 31, 2021

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We offer a 3.5-years PhD position for a motivated researcher to join our work on adaptive quantum sensing. Our goal is to develop an automatic quantum sensor, based on a single spin in diamond, enhanced by machine learning algorithms. The sensor will automatically optimize its settings to operate in conditions of maximum sensitivity, minimizing the estimation times.

Where: the research will be carried out in the Quantum Photonics Lab at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK), under the supervision of Dr Cristian Bonato. The Quantum Photonics Lab (jointly led by Dr Bonato, Prof Gerardot and Dr Mazzera) works on quantum devices in different material platforms, such as diamond, SiC, “beyond graphene” 2D materials, rare-earth doped crystals and III-V semiconductors. The lab hosts state-of-the-art facilities, including several cryostats, superconducting single-photon detectors, tuneable lasers and radio-frequency equipment for high-fidelity spin manipulation.

Who: we are looking for a motivated candidate, with a passion for experiments, to start (ideally) on 01/09/2021. Working on this project will provide the opportunity to collaborate with a large network of European academic groups and companies and to perform some exciting experiments at the frontier of quantum phyisics. Additionally, the student will develop valueable high-tech skills in fast electronics, photonics, microwave engineering, programming and data analysis.

Please contact Dr Cristian Bonato ( for inquiries (as soon as possible).