PhD Studentship in Quantum Communications

About the project

Quantum communications uses quantum mechanical phenomena to develop new and improved data transfer technologies. The field is currently experiencing immense interest, with many interesting open scientific problems and significant opportunities for developing practical new systems with wide-ranging benefits, such as securing telecommunication networks as well as connecting up emerging quantum computing hardware.

Toshiba Europe Ltd. has been at the forefront of research in quantum technology, particularly quantum communications and quantum key distribution (QKD) for the past two decades. During this time they have made many breakthroughs, such as record high quantum communication bit rates, operation over international-length-scale fibres and the miniaturisation of complete quantum systems onto photonic chips. Recently, Toshiba launched a new business unit to commercialise research outcomes and Toshiba QKD systems are now deployed in telecommunication networks across the world.

We are currently inviting applications for PhD studentship positions at Toshiba‘s Cambridge Research Laboratory. A range of experimental projects are available and you will have the opportunity to join a dynamic and supportive team and play a significant role in developing new quantum communication technologies. You will work alongside industrial research scientists to leverage ideas across the fields of quantum, optics, electronics and communications to design, conduct and analyse frontier quantum experiments. Research outcomes will be published in leading academic journals and presented at international conferences. Each studentship is offered in collaboration with one of the UK’s leading universities.

Candidates should hold (or be expecting) a first-class or upper-second-class degree in Physics, Electronic Engineering or a similar subject. A solid background in optics and quantum physics, as well as the desire to join a multidisciplinary team undertaking cutting-edge experimental research, are essential.

If you are interested, please apply to get in contact with us about currently available PhD opportunities

About the Group

Toshiba's Quantum Information Group, based in Cambridge, UK, has been actively involved in quantum technology R&D for over 20 years. Their significant achievements in this field include the first demonstration of QKD over 100km of fibre, the first continuous operation of one-way QKD, the first demonstration of fibre-based QKD using a true single-photon source, the first demonstration of a secure bit rate exceeding 1 Mbit/sec, the first upstream quantum access network, record distances and bit rates for QKD/data multiplexing, the first demonstration of quantum-secured WDM transmission through a single installed fibre and the first proposal and demonstration of Twin Field QKD.

Application instructions

To apply for this position use the form on the official job listing web page.