PhD Scholarship - Quantum Communications, UNSW Sydney, Australia

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Application deadline: 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Overview: A well-funded UNSW Scientia Scholarship is available in a PhD project to study device-to-device quantum communication via satellites. The scholarship is fully funded for four years, covers all university tuition fees, carries a paid annual stipend of AUD 41,209 (indexed to 2019 rates), and an additional research/travel budget of up to AUD 10,000 per year. This Scholarship is open to applicants from any nationality.

Project Detail: The recent deployment of quantum communications via satellite by China has led to a major breakthrough in the development of the so-called quantum internet. In this new communication paradigm a global network of quantum end-devices will be inter-connected via satellites in low-Earth-orbit. These end-devices include not only communication transmitters and receivers, but also emerging quantum computers. In this work we will focus on quantum-computers as the end devices, researching how the quantum information transfer between them is best achieved. Although we will primarily focus on all-optical quantum-computing architectures and their interconnections on a global scale; the fundamental nature of our research will allow for translation into other quantum-computing architectures and for other inter-connection scales, including inter-processor quantum communications at the micrometre scale. The project work packages will involve a significant theoretical component, but with the potential for observational/experimental work to be undertaken as a part of the wider study.

Supervision: In this unique cross-disciplinary PhD project you will be supervised by a team of 3 UNSW experts in the area of quantum science, A/Professor Robert Malaney, Dr Hendra Nurdin, and Professor Michelle Simmons. The project offers a great opportunity for the successful candidate to enter an emerging and exciting new research area at the interface of quantum communications and quantum computing.

Scientia Scholarships: These are very competitive scholarships and applicants are expected to have a first class academic record from a good university and show exceptional promise for carrying out research. A minimum to be competitive is usually a first class undergraduate honours degree (or its equivalent) in Engineering, Physics or Mathematics from a ranked top-200 university (or top-in-country), and at least one peer-reviewed publication. A Masters degree, particularly one by research, will aid your application but is not a requirement. Some experience in quantum physics (e.g. an honours thesis project) would also be useful, but again is not a requirement. To hear Professor Simmons explain more about the benefits of a Scientia PhD Scholarship at UNSW, Sydney see

Apply: To be considered you must register your interest through this link – Application Deadline 12th July 2019.
Further Information:
• School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications, UNSW, Sydney, Australia -
• Centre for Quantum Computation and Quantum Communication, Australia -
• UNSW Graduate Research -

UNSW English Requirements: (candidates who cannot meet these requirements will not be considered)

Contact @ UNSW: Robert Malaney, Email:, Tel +61 2 9385 6580