Moving science into real world applications

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If you are a physicist with an interest in technology, an engineer with an entrepreneurial flare, or a theorist with an interest in applied problems, join the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Quantum Enhanced Imaging (QuantIC) and help us shape the future of imaging technology.

This postgraduate training programme is aligned with the £1 billion UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP), and is a collaborative effort led by the University of Glasgow in partnership with the Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt, Exeter, Southampton, Strathclyde and Imperial College London, along with more than 40 industry partners.

A PhD with QuantIC offers a unique opportunity for students to undertake research in a multi-disciplinary environment between science, engineering and industry.

Designed to ensure students are equipped with the technical knowledge and transferrable skills needed for their future careers, the programme will provide an opportunity to engage with companies and academics at the forefront of Quantum Technology activities within the UK and worldwide.

Areas of research

QuantIC is one of the four Quantum Technology Hubs funded as part of a £1billion government investment in quantum technologies.

Our academics lead the global quantum imaging agenda, aiming to translate advances in quantum science and engineering into new technological applications and revolutionise the imaging market.

You could be a part of this world-changing team.

The following QuantIC PhD studentships are available for application. Start date April or October 2021.

PhD in Physics and Astronomy: Imaging toxic and dangerous gases using Quantum Technologies with M Squared Lasers

PhD in Physics and Astronomy: Quantum microscopy

PhD in Physics and Astronomy: Multi-camera synthetic-aperture imaging with MDBA

PhD in Engineering with Single Quantum – mid infrared photon counting with superconducting nanowires


Why an industry-led studentships

Industry funded PhD’s offer the opportunity to advance your career and pursue your research within a more vocational setting. Providing hands on commercial experience and access to training, facilities and expertise not available in an academic setting alone.

PhD students are required to spend a proportion of their time based within the sponsor organisation. This allows you to benefit from a range of experimental and diverse approaches. Developing valuable skills that can significantly enhance your future employability.

QuantIC partner with a number of organisations across several sectors, including BP, BAe Systems, Horiba Group and Thales.

If you are a commercial company wishing to get involved in QuantIC through our studentship programme click here.

Entry requirements

Places will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must have a 1st class or 2.1 degree at MPhys or MEng level (or equivalent) from a computing, mathematical, physical sciences or engineering programme. Exceptional candidates with BSc or BEng qualifications will also be considered.

To apply, please submit your CV with a cover letter indicating why you are interested in the studentship. Closing date for the October 2021 cohort is Friday 30 April 2021.

To submit an application or to make informal enquiries, please contact

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