About the Role

The overarching goal of the PhD is to develop the understanding and metrology for thermal generation, transport and control of heat and spin currents in quantum devices. The doctoral researcher will be based out of Loughborough University for most of the studentship, with time allocated to perform scanning probe measurements and metrology within the Quantum Technologies Department at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). Using state-of-the-art deposition and fabrication techniques at Loughborough and imaging techniques at NPL, you will develop a standard protocol for imaging and mapping the thermal and magnetic landscape in technologically relevant quantum devices. The main results will help establish a standard metrology protocol that will be applied to other systems. Regardless of your background, we provide close supervision and monitoring of progress to ensure success in the project. We achieve this by offering you scientific training in an exciting area of research, professional training on vital transferrable skills, and the possibility to attend scientific meetings and networking activities.

Salary/Funding: £15,609
About You

Applicants should have or expect to achieve a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in physics, electrical engineering, or a related subject. A relevant master's degree will be an advantage but is not necessary if a student has eight semesters of study with suitable grades. The ideal student will be practically-minded, a fast learner, self-motivated, and should be comfortable working with deadlines and as part of a team. This is an interdisciplinary area of work and we welcome interest from applicants with various backgrounds.

About The Company

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled, black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.

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We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.