Swansea University Fully Funded PhD Studentship: Quantum Information Science 2017, UK

Publish Date: Aug 30, 2017

Deadline: Sep 08, 2017

Fully Funded PhD Studentship: Quantum Information Science

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD position at the Department of Physics in the College of Science at Swansea University (Wales) to develop research in the field of theoretical quantum information. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Markus Müller.

Project Supervisors: 

  • Supervisor 1: Dr Markus Müller 
  • Supervisor 2: Prof Gert Aarts 

Project description: 

We seek a highly motivated PhD student to join our recently established theory group and work on:

  • Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing,
  • Topological Quantum Error Correction, and
  • Protocols for Implementation of Quantum Information Processing in State-of-the-Art Quantum-Optical and Solid-State Systems. 

Quantum information science is a vibrant research field, which at a fundamental level aims at understanding the relationship between quantum physics and information. From a more practical viewpoint, research in this field intends to harness quantum effects for new ways of processing information, e.g. for the development of quantum computers. This PhD project is part of an international research collaboration, which in a combined effort of theoretical and experimental research aims at storing, protecting and processing fragile quantum information in so-called logical qubits, which outperform their constituting physical qubits. This is a key achievement to be reached in quantum error correction (QEC), on the route towards the realisation of large-scale fault-tolerant quantum computers.

The theory research of this project will focus on, but is not limited to, the theoretical development of realistic schemes for fault-tolerant quantum information processing in state-of-the-art AMO and solid-state systems, in particular scalable trapped-ion architectures. One aim will be the development of such protocols, based on most modern approaches to QEC, and numerical and analytical studies of their performance under realistic noise sources. On the other hand, this will be accompanied by work on realistic schemes for quantum error correction in medium-scale experimental systems that are developed and explored by experimental colleagues collaborating with our group. 


Successful candidates are expected to bring a high enthusiasm for the above research topics, hold a master's degree in Physics (EU/UK) or a related field, and have a strong background in one or more of the following:

  • Quantum computing and quantum information, quantum many-body systems, quantum optics, atomic physics and computer science. Programming skills and previous numerical simulation experience are not a prerequisite, but valuable for the project.
  • The successful PhD candidate will join our recently established theory team, which currently involves four postdocs, one PhD student and master's students. She/he will also be an integral part of the vibrant scientific environment of the Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics (AMQP) Group at the Department of Physics, as well as of the Doctoral Training Centre at the College of Science at Swansea University. 
  • The successful PhD candidate will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate closely with leading international theoretical and experimental groups, including the experimental ion-trap quantum information group at Innsbruck University, as well as experimental groups at Mainz University, ETH Zurich, Sydney University, as well as theory groups at Oxford University, in the UK and Europe. The PhD candidate will be encouraged to participate in summer/winter schools and to present her/his research at conferences and workshops. 

We aim to establish an inclusive environment and particularly welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a sufficient level of English language proficiency at the start of their postgraduate studies. 

Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is open to UK/EU candidates only.


The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus an annual stipend of £14,553.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the stated deadline. 

To apply for this studentship, please download the research scholarship application form and return it to the College of Science with the following: 

  • Academic References – all scholarship applications require two supporting references to be submitted. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as their references form a vital part of the evaluation process. Please either include these with your scholarship application or ask your referees to send them directly to science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk
  • Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates – academic transcripts and degree certificates must be submitted along with the scholarship application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.
  • A recent CV 

Applicants should use the ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ section of the application form to explain why the award they are applying for particularly matches their skills and experience and how they would choose to develop the project. 

Please email the documents to science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk or post them to: 

Recruitment and Marketing Team
College of Science
Wallace Building
Swansea University 
Singleton Park 

The deadline for applications is 8 September 2017.

Informal email enquiries before the deadline for formal applications are welcome and may be directed to Dr Markus Müller (markus.muller@swansea.ac.uk). 

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