QuantIC has a fully funded industrial studentship programme which is designed to develop both academic and technical excellence in candidates and lay the foundation for the next generation of quantum engineers.
Students can be based at any of the QuantIC partner universities (Glasgow, Strathclyde, Edinburgh, Heriot Watt, Bristol, Oxford and Warwick) and will work in collaboration with industry to deliver innovative technological solutions in quantum imaging to the market. Industrial partners that have offered studentship projects include Amazon, M Squared Lasers, QinetiQ and ST Microelctronics.
Here are some examples of recent industrial studentship projects:
Development of innovative superconducting electronics for multiplexing quantum sensors arrays
This PhD project focussed on the development of superconducting electronic readout scheme for the multiplexing of a large arrays of superconducting single-photon detectors which would will enable precision time stamping, spectral resolution and extraction of photon number information.
A single-chip squeezed light source for interferometers
This project looked at delivering practical, silicon-chip based sources of squeezed light at 1560 nm that could be used for many different applications allowing integration with other components for complete systems and easily manufactured when translated to silicon foundries.
Inferential methods for image reconstruction from sparse photon data
The main aim of this project was to develop inferential methods underpinning the processing of images obtained from a variety of sparse optical systems. Using a more advanced inferential toolkit made more efficient use of the information collected by these systems, thus yielding more accurate reconstructions of images without the need to perform expensive upgrades to experimental systems.
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, apply for the QuantIC Studentship and help us shape the future of imaging technology.
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 applications is 31 May 2017.
To submit an application or to make informal enquiries, please contact Catherine Macneil at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview with Kyle Nutt, who is on a QuantIC Studentship at University of Glasgow
QuantIC Studentship Case Study – Kyle Nutt, University of Glasgow
Kyle attended University of Dundee where he achieved a first class Master’s degree in Physics. During his undergraduate he studied optical beam shaping with spatial light modulators and biaxial crystals to create optical tweezers. Kyle is now doing a post-graduate research degree at University of Glasgow with QuantIC and industrial partner M-squared. He is using his LabVIEW experience to perform computer vision algorithms and image methane gas in an intuitive, user friendly manner.
Tell us a bit about your studentship project
Currently methane gas is imaged with a short-wave infra-red camera. I’m looking at performing computer vision algorithms and image methane gas in an intuitive, user friendly manner across a wide range of laser frequencies. The end goal is to combine this imaging method with the quantum technology of a single pixel camera to replace the expensive, specialised camera. In this way the project will use a quantum technology to develop a novel imaging system for real world applications.
What attracted you to apply for the studentship?
I came across the QuantIC studentship on the University of Glasgow Website. I had been familiar with Professor Padgett’s work as I had cited his work in my research on optical beam shaping to create optical tweezers and also found the flexibility of this studentship very appealing. After finishing my Masters, I was undecided about which career route to take and this offered an opportunity to explore career routes in both academia and industry.
Can you tell us more about your experience in applying for this studentship?
I had several conversations with both Professor Padgett and M Squared Lasers, who was the industrial partner for the studentship, before making the decision to apply for the studentship. This allowed me to get a better idea of the research project and to see how it could contribute to improving current technology within industry. I was also able to visit M Squared Lasers who took me through their manufacturing process and gave me some insight into what working in industry would be like.