A fully funded PhD studentship is available in the area of Quantum Systems Engineering for Enabling Emerging Technologies. The rapidly developing field of quantum technologies looks set to have a transformative impact on core enabling technologies from sensors to communications. There is a need for fundamental research that will enable the shift from laboratory devices and prototypes into manufacture and deployment. The aim of this project is to investigate the suitability of systems engineering methodologies to the development of reliable quantum devices. You will bring an element of total design thinking to the development of devices dependent on sensitive aspects of quantum physics such as "spooky action at a distance". In essence we need to be able to decide if a given quantum device can be deployed in a given situation - your research will contribute to making such a framework a reality.
You will join a dynamic and expanding interdisciplinary research team working across engineering and science. You will have a strong background in quantum mechanics and be willing to develop expertise in systems and reliability engineering techniques pertinent to quantum technologies.
Candidates should hold, or expect to receive, a first or upper second class degree in physics or mathematics and meet the University entrance requirements.
Funding includes a maintenance award of £13,863 per year plus payment of UK/EU fees for students who meet residency and EPSRC rules for eligibility. Award of fees is only available to students eligible to pay UK/EU fees.
Application forms are available at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/ and should be completed by the 22th August 2014.
If you would like to know more please contact Mark Everitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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